After looking over the revised version of Instagram’s proposed policy changes, Ms. Fumes has decided that there are still several sections she’s less than satisfied with, and has enlisted the help of Finkelstein & Krinsk to make sure they don’t go into effect.
The specific portions that have been called into question are, ironically enough, fairly common on other social networking platforms. The basis of the argument is centered around three statements.
The first grants Instagram sublicensing rights, essentially letting advertisers pay Instagram to display your content as part of sponsored posts within the app (YouTube, Facebook and Flickr have already claimed this right). The second states that Instagram “may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.” And the third eliminates the option of class action law suits, forcing any complaints to move directly to arbitration.
If all of the legal speak is still a bit too confusing for you, the TL;DR version goes something like this: Instagram can now let advertisers pay them to sponsor your posts within Instagram, without necessarily telling you the post is sponsored/from an advertiser, and if that pisses you off you’re not allowed to file a class action law suit about it.
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