Instagram Backtracks on Outcry, Says Won’t Sell Users Photos

In a message on the Instagram website titled ‘Thank you, and we’re listening‘, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom told users: “It is not our intention to sell your photos.”

Instagram’s new terms and conditions sparked fury among some users when they were published yesterday. The changes appeared to give the Facebook-owned photo-sharing site ‘perpetual’ rights to all imagesuploaded, and allow Instagram to use them for commercial purposes without identification.

If Twitter postings are to be believed, many users immediately closed their Instagram accounts and some businesses, such as National Geographic, said they were suspending new posts to the service. Among those protesting was Noah Kalina, the photographer who took the pictures at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding.

Telling users that “legal documents are easy to misinterpret”, Systrom said that the new terms and conditions were intended to give Instagram the option to “experiment with innovative advertising”.

He said that Instagram would re-write the terms to clarify how pictures might be used. “The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement,” Systrom wrote. “We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.”

Read more at the Telegraph

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