If you caught yesterday’s post, or other tech blogs, you’ll remember that Instagram recently updated their Terms of Service to seemingly allow themselves to sell your photos, all data pertaining to the photos, your username, activity etc to business for ad purposes without telling your or paying you royalty, whether your account is private or not.
A huge backlash from users and journalists ensued, and a new statement has been released from Instagram Chief Executive Kevin Systrom in a new blog post. In it, he admits that ‘it is our mistake that this language is confusing’, and reassures us that ‘it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.’
Meanwhile, other sites like The Verge have talked about how the new terms aren’t all that different from the old ones (although the use of images from private accounts isn’t prohibited in the new terms, for one thing), and cnet.com makes the comparison to what Systrom talks about in his blog post to Facebook’s current Sponsored Stories system. Whether this is enough to allay any fears and doubts users may have, or bring back those who have already left, remains to be seen.
Personally guys, I’d keep running. I hear Flickr’s looking pretty nice these days.
More updates when I seem them. Meanwhile, please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments below.
- Instagram responds to backlash following controversial policy change, says it will not sell users’ photos (bgr.com)
- Hipsters Rejoice: Instagram Doesn’t Want To Sell Your Precious Photos (cultofmac.com)
- Instagram: ‘We Don’t Want To Sell Your Photos’ (Updating) (gizmodo.com)
- The Real Instagram Lesson: Poor Writing Gets You Into Trouble (lifehacker.com.au)