There Are No Magic Words That You Can Post to Change Instagram’s Terms of Service
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There Are No Magic Words That You Can Post to Change Instagram’s Terms of Service

Every so often, a rash of identical posts starts to take over social media. This isn’t the work of bots, but the result of a number of people believing that these words will have an effect on the terms of service of Facebook, or, in this most recent case, Instagram. In fact, there is nothing you can post online that will change a social network’s terms of service. And currently, Instagram’s terms aren’t even changing in the first place. Here’s how this goes: people hear there is going to be a change to a company’s terms of service. It usually takes the form of “there’s going to be a new rule that means Instagram owns the copyright of my pictures.” It’s often not even true—there is no new rule. These companies do require users to license —not give—user-posted content to them so that companies can share them. On all of the major social media platforms, users keep the copyrights in the photos and videos they create and upload. No major platform has ever had terms of service that claim to transfer users’ copyrights. But in response to the rumor, a bunch of people start posting a paragraph of legal-ish […]

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