Instagram is a digital photo sharing application which permits its user to add filters and effects to images, videos and share them easily over the Internet. Instagram is a very popular social networking application which is currently owned by Facebook. It is a free server application which allows users to share their snaps with friends and family. By using the Instagram service, the users are agreeing to be bound by its terms and conditions. An Instagrammer must be 13 years or older to use the services of the
Instagram and is responsible for any action that happens under his/her username name. By agreeing to the terms and conditions of the application the user acknowledges that he/she will not post any obscene photos or videos and do not indulge in mistreating, harassing, bullying, impersonating or intimidating other Instagram users, even an International user must agree to obey all local laws regarding online behavior and adequate content. An Instagrammer is accountable for their behavior online and completely responsible for their actions in the application (posting images, videos, audio).
The Proprietary Rights section on Instagram clearly states that the user owns the photographs, other images or video/audio content that he/she posts on Instagram. The service provider does not become the proprietor of the posted content. The Copyright law itself (in regards to the country where the images are replicated or shared) is what administers the use of your Instagram multimedia images and other content by any third parties. By the benefit of sharing images on Instagram, the user is not giving up the rights on their content and for most uses outside of Instagram, any third party should be seeking consent from the user to use your images or other content. Anyhow, there is some exception in some situations which is termed as fair use in USA, Canada, and UK which allow individuals to use Instagrammer’s content under few circumstances without the user’s approval.
Instagram has so much to offer and also poses many concerns, an article Understanding Instagram’s privacy settings states how easy it is to trade away your privacy in social networking apps like Instagram and explains steps how to take some of it back and be secured, I think that every social networking tool has its pros and cons. In my next post, I will be reviewing the app’s educational value and how best we can use it in the educational realm. For now, I would love to hear your thoughts and concerns about Instagram’s privacy implications and its educational value and usage?