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Dec 18, 2012

Instagram Responds To Backlash Over New Terms Of Use

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Instagram has responded to concerns after feeling the heat since updating its terms of use and privacy policy. Reports have been floating around that Instagram will start selling users’ photos without any compensation. This has lead some users to delete their account.

In a new post on the Instagram blog, Co-Founder Kevin Systrom stated that after hearing all the feedback, they’re working on making the changes more clear and easier to understand. Here is what Kevin said about selling users’ photos:

“Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram. Instead it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.”

Kevin also went on to talk about how Instagram could display information in ads such as people you follow who follow said business. Users still maintain ownership of their content and when it comes to privacy settings, nothing has changed.

If your photos are set to private, only your followers will be able to see them. Kevin didn’t say when the easier to understand changes would go live, but reassured users that Instagram heard concerns loud and clear.


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