Instagram explains itself, no intention to sell your photos

InstagramAfter hearing the public outcry from users with the change in terms and policy, Instagram co-founder, Kevin Systrom, quickly issued a statement explaining their side. He also promised that they will make the necessary changes to make their policy clearer.

One thing that was quickly addressed is that they have no intention of selling your photos. An excerpt from their news release;

From the start, Instagram was created to become a business. Advertising is one of many ways that Instagram can become a self-sustaining business, but not the only one. 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.

Instagram also emphasized that they do not claim any ownership rights over their users’ photos.

They also stated that nothing has changed with the privacy settings of the photos. Owners have total control with their photos. Instagram only shares photos to people you’ve approved to follow you.

So there you have it folks. Instagram apologizes for the confusion brought by their policy change and will work on making things clearer and work the way they wanted it to be. You can now go back to Instagramming whatever food is there in front of you.

Click here for the full statement.


5 Comments

  1. Boy, what a mess up. I doubt it was just a misunderstanding. They probably had every intention of doing what everyone believed they would do with our photos for the sake of advertizing and monetization. Probably didn’t think the backlash would be so bad that millions of people would just delete their Instagram accounts and rate down the app in the App Store and Play Store. Either that or the lawyer who came up with that legalese should be fired. Instagram app usage had begun to pick up after that Twitter mess and now they screwed up whatever boost they had after that.

  2. Yun naman pala eh! hehe

  3. Have deleted both my Facebook and Instagram accounts after their recent attempts at changes to their respective policies. There was no doubt about the text of the earlier proposal – that Instagram intended to sell images to advertisers without proper attribution or compensation to the actual owner. No misunderstanding there.

    Unless there is a positive statement to the effect that Instagram will not share images and other information to potential advertisers without the owner’s consent, users of Instagram would be well advised to read the proposed revised policy very carefully, lest the language be made confusing for non-lawyers but end up with what Instagram originally wanted.

    • thejorlanb /

      It is still not clear…I agree that they could have just rephrased it so it would be confusing for non-lawyers like me.

  4. Buti. Umayos sila.

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