Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

You messed it up.

Yes, you.

You read Instagram’s new Terms of Service and, despite a general improvement for users’ rights, you got confused, as Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom explained:

Legal documents are easy to misinterpret.

He was going to add “for illiterate dumbasses like you”, but legal made him remove that.

Well, your whining worked, you inconsiderate buffoon. Instagram is rolling the advertising section back to the October 2010 version:

Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.

But because you whiners can’t read (cf. Systrom’s comment above), you’re making it worse for yourselves. Bryan Bishop of The Verge explains:

The proposed tweaks made it very clear that advertisers, for example, couldn’t just stick their logo on one of your photos and use it as an Instagram ad. The language the company’s going back to is so broad that such use isn’t out of the realm of possibility — and in that sense today’s development is actually a loss for users.

Well, I hope you’re happy.