Instagram users photos will not be for sale, Instagram clarifies statements on new Terms of Service

By on Dec 19, 2012 in Internet, Technology, World Comments

Photos of Instagram users will not be sold, contrary to their earlier statement on their new Terms of Service released yesterday, Tuesday, December 18, 2012, which prompted outrage from tons of users of the free photo-sharing website. Instagram admitted that they made a mistake and apologized for trouble it created.

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According to a post by Instagram on its official blog today, Wednesday, December 19, they heard loud and clear that many users got confused and upset on the latest changes on their rules, particularly on the issue that effective January 16, 2013, users’ photos will be sold without their consent, and users will not be paid.

“As we review your feedback and stories in the press, we’re going to modify specific parts of the terms to make it more clear what will happen with your photos. Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram.” Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote on the blog post.

“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.” Systrom added, noting that Instagram is now working on updated language in their new Terms of Service.

“The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.” Systrom explained further, noting that the statements in questions will be removed.

As noted by Instagram on their new rules, users “agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos…in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you,” and that users “acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications.”

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