After 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.