Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Instagram backtracks after uproar over privacy changes

In case you missed it, news about Instagram's changes in Terms of Service angered millions of users Tuesday afternoon. The photo sharing site effective January 2013 would change how user photos and information would be used for advertising and marketing purposes. The move made many people - including celebrities like singer Pink- want to delete their IG accounts.

"The language we proposed ... raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement," Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post. "We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we're going to remove the language that raised the question." 

The updated Terms had stated data collected through the app can be shared through parent company Facebook, which bought the app this past summer for $1 billion. The language that upset some of the app's more than 100 million users said that "a business or other entity may pay" Instagram for the use of user images and may do so "without any compensation to you."  

The co-founder's blog post came after loads of complaints on Tuesday. #BoycottInstagram and #Instagram were top trending topics on Twitter for much of the day. It's clear that nobody wants Instagram using their photos in ads without their consent or bothering to pay them. 

Systrom wrote, "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."

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