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XKCD Webcomic Weighs In On Instagram Terms Of Service Controversy

XKCD Webcomic Weighs In On Instagram Terms Of Service Controversy

December 21, 2012
XKCD, the popular humor site by Randall Munroe, has just posted a webcomic that offers a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the controversy surrounding Instagram. Recently, Instagram has received complaints from users who are against the photo sharing company's new terms of service. Under the new terms, Instagram apparently intends to use photos uploaded by users for advertising purposes without notification, let alone compensation. Instagram has since responded to the contrary. But it's safe to assume that a lot of users are still concerned about the recent state of things. But it's these very same users that XKCD appears to be poking fun at in its latest webcomic. In the webcomic, XKCD likens Instagram to a certain Chad and equates the users collectively to someone who's been using Chad's garage for storage. The webcomic is accompanied by the following alternative or hover text, which alludes to many users' decision to migrate to other apps similar to Instagram:
I'm gonna call the cops and get Chad arrested for theft, then move all my stuff to the house across the street. Hopefully the owners there are more responsible.
You can check out the webcomic above or on the XKCD site itself. Typical of XKCD, the webcomic is funny and strikingly satirical. But I think it neglects to consider the important realization that Instagram is more of a photo sharing app than a photo storage one. If it had considered this, Chad should be finding himself in the unlikely scenario of also letting others see the stuff in his controversial garage. Source: XKCD

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