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This Week in Social Travel News: 12/21/12

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In celebration of the world not ending today*, I decided to start a new blog series highlighting the top social media travel news of the week, for anyone that may have missed the headlines. In the news big this week? Privacy policies.

1. Earlier this week, Instagram announced a new privacy policy suggesting that, once they took effect in mid-January, the photo-sharing company would have the right to sell any user-uploaded photo to businesses for use in advertisements, without warning, permission, or compensation. The internet community raged (via strongly—and not-so-strongly—worded Facebook and Twitter posts). As a result of the backlash, Instagram yesterday assured its users that the privacy policy that has been in place since 2010 would remain. So fret not, travelers; your worldly photos are yours to keep.

2. Last night, Facebook began the gradual rollout of its new privacy policy. But this time, instead of upheaval, most users will welcome the changes with open arms. One of the new features allows you to guarantee your statuses aren't being broadcast to all of the interwebs. The other will help you rid yourself of all unwanted photo tags, so details of that scandalous night out on the town in London will stay where it should: between you and your friends.

*Okay, so maybe the world not ending didn't prompt this, but isn't there some sort of obligation to acknowledge the incorrectly reported apocalypse today?

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Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

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