Today has been a crazy day for Facebook and Instagram. Every since Facebook bought Instagram for 1 Billion earlier this year things haven’t been right with privacy groups and their fans alike. Today Instagram announced it would start an advertisement like service and your pictures may be sold to advertisers. Users around the world were in an up roar so Instagram heard their users loud and clear and updated their polices with this statement:
Instagram CEO/Co-Founder Kevin posted blog post today:
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 users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed. We respect that there are creative artists and hobbyists alike that pour their heart into creating beautiful photos, and we respect that your photos are your photos. Period.