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Instagram Feels Sting of Criticism, Reverts to Old Ad Terms

by Hrag Vartanian on December 20, 2012

instagram-reverts-HOMEIf you thought that Instagram was deaf to the public outcry that started on Monday with their proposed terms of service then you’d be wrong. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote another blog post tonight that explains:

Because of the feedback we have heard from you, we are reverting this advertising section to the original version that has been in effect since we launched the service in October 2010.

… 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.

The photo sharing service will revert to the previous terms of service in effect since October 2010. You can read the UPDATED TERMS on the company’s website.

Yesterday, Talking Point Memo asked two copyright experts if users were right to be worried under the proposed changes to Instagram’s Terms of Service and both said yes. “Personally, I’d advise any friends or relatives to use a different photo hosting solution,” one of them told TPM. We assume the experts would be satisfied by Instagram’s about-face.

National Geographic, which was one of the most prominent Instagram users to suspend their account because of the intended changes, has not yet said if they will restore their Instagram account after this latest announcement.

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  • http://twitter.com/mfortki Marina Galperina

    Now if only they would let me DELETE a photo I posted by mistake, the FUCK is this? Why are they doing this to me? What did I do? I wasn’t even going to leave… WHY? http://instagram.com/p/TfBJj8ypgS/ IT’S NOT FAIR! It’s asking me to update first to delete and I can’t because my phone is too ancient. INSTAAAAGRAAAAM!!!!

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