Instagram has flatly denied trying to use photos of users to make money for themselves, without paying the owners.
Co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote on the photo sharing network’s blog that the whole thing was a ‘misinterpretation’ on the part of the users, claiming that ‘legal documents are easy to misinterpret’.
‘Instagram was created to become a business’, Kevin Systrom wrote. ‘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.’
Celebs like Kim Kardashian tweeted:
I really loved Instagram 🙁 I need to review this new policy. I don't think its fair.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 18, 2012
— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) December 18, 2012
No more Instagram
— Kate Walsh (@katewalsh) December 18, 2012
Wow…I just read over Instagram’s new policy…so sad, looks like I might be deleting my instagram after Jan 16. I hope something changes
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) December 18, 2012
Instagram is now trying to save their business.
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