It would seem that Instagram has always had the right (according to their current TOU) to monetize your content, and that the withdrawn change actually narrowed the rather broad terms users agreed to previously. I’d publish a full mea culpa on this, but the point of my previous article was more to point out the icky terms governing the use of photos that contain minors, as well as the very vague terms that assume minors are using Instagram with implicit parental consent. I understand it’s hard to police the use of free apps, especially when parents are noticeably absent with respect to knowing what their kids are doing on their personal media devices, but that seems like a cop out.
What this means for you:
My stance on the exploitation of minors for profit still stands: It’s icky. If you are a company like Instagram that is bound to feature content containing images of minors, you need to be much more careful how you glad-handle parents. As for jumping on the rage bandwagon yesterday: