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Monday, January 21, 2013

"Fuck you, your memories and your daughter" -- Instagram's response to a father's request for his daughter's images

I'd hate to think what would happen were my daughter to die and I asked for this, but here's Instagram's robo-response when I asked to have the pics my daughter took and uploaded to Instagram (she can't hold hundreds of photos on her iPod touch because it is only 8 GB).

Note that they won't even respond if they find your account is in violation. All your data is just gone.

There is ZERO recourse here. Instagram will no doubt delete all of her data, even if I were to try to challenge this in court (as her father, do I not get a say?).

So a year of journaling, a year of me missing events, but I could see on Instagram, are about to be deleted. No judge, no jury, no appeal.

Just a fuck you. Fuck you right back, Instagram. I'm done with the service and will soon be deleting everything I've ever added. Going back to Flickr.

Update: Account deleted.

JAN 21, 2013  |  06:51PM UTC
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