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[–] JackWhite 9 points 28 points (+37|-9) ago 

Found it interesting that this guy feels that his "rights" were violated. Instagram owns his account and he has no "right" to anything. Seems to me they can take his account at any time for any reason. They own it. Is it a dick move on their part? Sure, maybe. But are his "rights" being violated? Certainly not.

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[–] weezkitty 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

Not rights. But it should be a reasonable expectation that your account would not be transferred to another person without permission. That's a trust issue

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[–] JackWhite 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

If you trust Facebook or Instagram then you most certainly have "trust issues."

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[–] trotineta23 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

People have to many rights nowadays. Especially when it comes to free stuff. We always forget the saying: When something is for free, it's you who's for sale.

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[–] kronal 4 points 2 points (+6|-4) ago  (edited ago)

Exactly my thoughts, I was even going to reply with the same "Is is a dick move? Sure" rhetoric.

I may need to disconnect from the hive-mind for a while.

To add something, it is bad PR for both the athlete and Instagram but aside from that, it is even likely that in the ToS says they can terminate any account for any reason, which is nothing out of this world.

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[–] JackWhite 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Just curious, what did you mean by the hive-mind part? Kinda lost me there. I'm pretty sure the hive mind is saying that IG is evil and to line up in support of this guy. You see it differently?

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[–] thijser 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

I think a lot depends on how it all happend. It could be a form of impersonation/fraud if you act like someone else even if you do own the medium. We can think of this as a clasic medium: imagine if I shoot a film and it's very poor. Now if rather then say I directed it, was the only camera man and the only actor I state that it has George Lucas and George Cluney as director and actor then that is wrong, even if I only play the film in my own theatre. In much the same way on social media they cannot just transfer acounts as they seem fit. If they do they must make it very clear that you are not the same person. To do otherwise risks very complex legal problems.

That said I suspect that what happend is that PR guy #1 set up a twitter acount then told PR guy #2 to put content on it. PR guy #2 lost the information and contacted twitter for acount recovery. At this point he recovered the wrong acount (possibly after proving he was working for a famous person) and then twitter did not want to surrender the acount of a famous person to a random passerby(in their books) until it became obvious they had screwed up.

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[–] JackWhite 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That's a whole lot of speculation goin on. You could be right but I think it's simpler than that. They catered To a rich, famous person and then back tracked after public opinion turned sour because of it.