Instagram, now owned by Facebook who is infamous for doing this kind of thing, has updated their privacy and intellectual property policy. Now they are going to run ads and guess what, they can use any of your personal photographs to do so. Fun times.
“Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. 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. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata) on your behalf”.
You may not think it’s a big deal but what if you don’t drink and you’re in a Bacardi ad? What if you’re in ad for a company you purposefully boycott because they may exploit or support a cause you don’t agree with? Instagram can use your likeness to endorse things you don’t like or don’t want anything to do with. Not to mention it’s just plain obnoxious and creepy.
• Check out this awesome and generous recap of the Gossip Girl series finale on Vulture.
• Speaking of Gossip Girl no one actually watched the finale. Womp womp.
• Students riot in Sweden after being called “sluts” via social media.
“The turmoil was set off after an Instagram user asked for tips on sluts in Gothenburg. More than 200 pictures were submitted, giving names and alleged sexual activities of girls aged 13 to 14. Once the Instagram account was shut down, the allegations then appeared on a Facebook page. Users began naming each other and the comments field was quickly filled with threats of violence.”
I ain’t a ho, hells to the no! That would be my riot motto. In case you were wondering . . . I know you were not.
• Why are most mass murderers male? Difficult to answer, troubling to even pose the question, yet a completely necessary quandary.
“One theory is that the social construct of male identity — what it means to be a man — is more vulnerable to slights and challenges than the female’s. Men are taught from a young age that successful males “exert social dominance, achieve a high social status, command respect, and demonstrate authority,” say Christopher A.D. Charles and Deniese Kennedy-Kollar at The Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice. Men are also taught to value economic independence and sexual success. Holmes, Cho, and Lanza seem to have failed in some or all of these respects, possibly opening the door to injuries, perceived or real, that gnawed at their troubled minds.”
• The National Riffle Association is going to hold a press conference on Friday and they’re going to try to not be great big poo poo pants about what happened.