Instagram is Asking Some Users for Photo ID

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on January 28, 2013
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Ever since Facebook acquired the popular photo sharing app Instagram, it’s been stirring up a bit of trouble and has appeared on some online news sites a little too often than the original developers would probably like. First we had the controversy over the change to their terms and conditions that stated:

“To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata) and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”

In short, “We’ll be using your photo’s as well as the information within the photo’s (where it was taken, what time, what camera, etc) to generate adverts on the site that you won’t benefit from because you’ve agreed that your pictures are now ours to use!!!!”

Once that news was out, everyone kicked up a fuss and boycotted the service until Instagram backed down and decided not to include this into their latest revision of their terms.

So now onto the subject in hand, Instagram has been in the news again because of reports saying that Instagram have started asking for photo ID from users that it considers are violating their terms of service. Instagram have since confirmed this and a spokesperson has said “This is just a general practice for both Facebook and Instagram to request photo IDs for verification purposes depending on what type of violation may have occurred.”

It’s not too clear the actual reason why Instagram are asking for photo ID as proof of your identity, but if you have any clues, let us know in the comments below!

 

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