The Instagram controversy proved that users are, in fact, paying attention to the often glossed-over Terms of Service established by their favorite apps, and that a company's response to public outcry has the potential to make or break their service.
Mashable's senior tech analyst, Christina Warren, compared Instagram's actions to Netflix's in the summer of 2011. Outraged users proved they weren't bluffing about abandoning Instagram: Celebrities and power users threatened to quit the network, and downloads of rival apps such as Flickr and Aviary soared in the days surrounding the controversy. What was your take on this week's events, involving photo-sharing and users' right to ownership?
Even more commented upon, though less debated, were two Mashable stories that examined social media backlash in the wake of a tragedy. In the days following the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, we found ourselves contemplating, both online and off, the horrific nature of the event. Unsurprisingly, the two most-commented-upon stories this week both centered on Sandy Hook's impact on the social web. Our commenters sounded off on the offensive tweets sent during Obama's Newtown speech, as well as on the viral post, "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother."
Other stories our commenters flocked to this week included a viral video of a golden eagle snatching a baby (later proved to be a hoax), the hacking of the Westboro Baptist Church by hacktivist group Anonymous and the appalling revelation that Facebook's interns make more money than all of us. We also prepared for the end of the world as brought forth by the Mayan Apocalypse -- which never did happen.
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