Why you should make Instagram private before Saturday


Instagram's updated terms of service and privacy policy go into effect this Saturday, Jan. 19. At least for now, the new policies will mean little change for users. But when changes come, as they likely will, Instagrammers won't have much time to change their privacy settings. And that's a good reason to consider making your account private in the calm before another storm.

In December, Instagram released a draft of its new policies that enraged many users of the service. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton called the terms "terribly tyrannical" and listed stars who were threatening to close their Instagram accounts for fear that their photos would be sold to advertisers without a penny going to them.

Within days, Instagram apologized and reinstated its old advertising privacy policy. (And celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian are now posting that Instagram has allayed their concerns.)