Why you may need to delete your Instagram account come January

In just one day, the Internet has exploded in fury over the recent changes Instagram has announced for their upcoming Privacy Policy and Terms of Service changes that will be occurring on January 16th 2013. Why would anyone be upset as these types of changes occur frequently? Perhaps it is due to the fact that Instagram will have the right to sell your photos without notice or compensation.

Although the released, yet pending, Instagram Privacy Policy changes assure its users that they will remain owners of their content and make the changes sound tolerable, the modifications have a bigger impact in the details. Many may assume the dreadful changes coincides with the recent acquisition of Facebook and possibly its “corrupted” privacy policies have rubbed off on Instagram, and although Facebook did acquire Instagram nearly four months ago, this is an issue that stands all on its own.

Instagram claims they want to help protect its users by removing spam (which has been happening quite a lot on the app/site these days if I do say so myself) and its purpose in working with Facebook is to help improve the user experience. This all sounds like rainbows and unicorns until you carefully read the upcoming changes to Instagrams Terms of Service.

As we are all well aware that when using such platforms like Instagram  for free, that is monetary wise, we pay for the usage in other ways, like through collective data that we input into their service, but once thinking about this, the only true data we add on Instgram is that of our photo’s, the scary part here is that although we still claim ownership, Instagram has announced that since your profile on Instagram is public it will be able to distribute your content unless your account is set to “private”.

Instagram does NOT claim ANY ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, applications, or any other materials (collectively, “Content”) that you post on or through the Instagram Services. By displaying or publishing (“posting”) any Content on or through the Instagram Services, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such Content, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Site in any media formats through any media channels, except Content not shared publicly (“private”) will not be distributed outside the Instagram Services.

But who wants a “private” account on Instagram? No one that has nothing to hide, that is.

This will change the whole point of the site; uniting people through photos and therefore possibly the death of the popular photo-sharing social site.

Apparently if you delete your account prior to the changes that are looming come January 16th you will not be subjected to these changes, however if you do not, you will not be able to opt-out at a later date, in other words it is now or never. I Wish I could take photos of all the angry faces that are reading this right now, perhaps Instagram would then see that messing around too much with the core of your site, hence the “people” will be the demise of your site, this could be the biggest mistake they make as they are so popular and as the date is a month away, I am curious to know how many accounts will be deleted.

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Written by Erin Ryan
+Erin Ryan is a writer for various Social Media & Tech blogs and currently works as the Director of Social Media for the Internet Marketing Company, Wikimotive. Erin has a keen understanding of the power of Social Media for business and fervently stays up-to-date. Creator and head editor of Socialeyezer She enjoys finding the latest in social media, tech and geek culture. Erin often expresses her thoughts and opinions on TheErinRyan. Connect through Erin Ryan's About.me Profile