Instagram update:’Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did.’

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In a new blog post posted two days ago, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom apologises further for giving the impression they planned on selling users photos and information along with new set of Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. I advise you to read them, particularly if you’re still using Instagram, and digest them yourselves, but for the purposes of this post the offending ‘evil’ bits have been removed and it is all much clearer.

Systrom also said ‘Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.’ In Sheldon Coopers’ words,’ Why wasn’t that plan A??’

In any case, I still maintain my view:this may be the right time to leave Instagram. Now that it’s owned by Facebook, things like this are likely to repeat themselves in the future. After all, to quote Nilay Patel’s article on The Verge, ‘the real lesson here isn’t about the legal implications of Instagram’s terms of service — it’s about how little we trust Facebook to do the right thing.’


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