Instagram reverts controversial ToS

Instagram, after its billion dollar acquisition by Facebook, is backpedaling with a recent proposed change to the service’s Terms of Service.

The new ToS would have allowed Instagram to use your photos in advertisements and could have opened the service up to being the largest stock photo service. After lots of negative press and user feedback, the latest Instagram blog post tells of their plans to revert the advertising section of the new ToS to the previous terms in that section.

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.

You also had deep concerns about whether under our new terms, Instagram had any plans to sell your content. I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do.

Finally, there was also confusion about how widely shared and distributed your photos are through our service. The distribution of your content and photos is governed by our privacy policy, and always has been. We have made a small change to our terms to make that as clear as possible.

You can review the Updated Terms of Service here:


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Posted by Jason Hamilton | December 21, 2012  |  No Comment

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