Social platforms may come with strings attached — but tech companies should remember that there’s a two-way business model.
Terms of Service
When agreeing to the terms of service, users grant many sites the right to do whatever they want with their content without any notice.
“Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features.”
A judge in San Francisco has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against Instagram over an update to its terms of service. Prompted by consumers’ fears that the company would sell their photos without compensation, California resident Lucy Rodriguez and the law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk filed suit against the photo-sharing service just before the new terms, which included an arbitration clause preventing users from participating in class action lawsuits except under limited circumstances, could go into effect.
Developers who use Instagram’s API to build new products or services on the photo-sharing site may be giving their ideas away for free. Just ask the creators of Instamap.