The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out.
I get that people are bummed about this - but it can’t possibly come as a surprise, can it?
After all, this is how companies like Instagram, or Twitter, or Facebook make their money - they sell you. That’s why a service like Instagram, that requires huge amounts of hardware and people to run can be offered for “free”.
If we want things to be different, we’re going to have to get used to paying for services. I hear Flickr is nice. App.net too if you’re looking for a Twitter alternative.
(Interesting side note: Remember when Pinterest went through a ton of shit about this exact same thing before finally capitulating and removing that language? I guess that means there’s hope here too. If people scream loud enough, this might get reversed. That said, don’t mistake this specific issue for the larger framework - there’s no such thing as a free social network.