What Instagram’s terms and conditions mean in simple English

A privacy law expert in the UK has rewritten Instagram’s terms of service in easy-to-understand English so that young users know what they are signing up for.

According to a report by Quartz, Jenny Afia made the “translation” due to the high number of children using the social media service.

OfCom has stated that over half of 12-to-15-year-olds are on Instagram in the UK.

Afia hopes that once people know what they are signing up for, they will demand better terms of service.

Highlighted Instagram terms and conditions from the report are posted below.

We can use your photos

“Officially you own any original pictures and videos you post, but we are allowed to use them, and we can let others use them as well, anywhere around the world. Other people might pay us to use them and we will not pay you for that.”

We use your personal information

“We may keep, use, and share your personal information with companies connected with Instagram. This information includes your name, email address, school, where you live, pictures, phone number, your likes and dislikes, where you go, who your friends are, how often you use Instagram, and any other personal information we find such as your birthday or who you are chatting with, including in private messages.”

We send you adverts

“We might send you adverts connected to your interests which we are monitoring. You cannot stop us doing this and it will not always be obvious that it is an advert.”

We can delete your account

“We can change or end Instagram, or stop you accessing Instagram at any time, for any reason and without letting you know in advance. We can also delete posts and other content randomly, without telling you, for any reason. If we do this, we will not be responsible for paying out any money and you won’t have any right to complain.”

Your username is ours

“We can force you to give up your username for any reason.”

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