We're sorry and we will not sell your pictures says Instagram

We're sorry and we will not sell your pictures says Instagram
Feeling sorry for using language that was not clear, photo-sharing site Instagram apologized over the phrasing of its new Terms of Service. Certain phrases in the revised ToS led many to believe that Instagram was planning on selling user's pictures to corporations and organizations for use on advertisements and would keep all of the compensation. Instead, co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom said that the intent of the changes was to tell users that the site was planning on experimenting with innovative forms of advertising. Systrom made it clear that Instagram is not planning on selling any of the photographs on its site to third parties without compensation.

The site is owned by Facebook, which purchased Instagram in a deal originally valued at $1 billion. As a public company that is beholden to stockholders, Facebook is under some pressure to monetize Instagram to get some return on its investment. Systrom released a statement late Tuesday in which he spoke of his vision for the future, one where certain brands can advertise on Instagram and be featured. To the extent that an Instagram user might follow the brand, the user's photo could end up on the advertiser's page. Systrom reiterated his dislike of advertising banners for the site. He also said that members own the rights to their photos and that the photo-sharing site holds no interest in them.

Instagram said it is working on a easier to interpret ToS which will replace the one that caused the ruckus on Tuesday.


source: Instagram via IntoMobile

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21 Comments

1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 411; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I've never understood the point of Instagram. Photos? Facebook does that. Twitter and status updates? Facebook does that. Whats next? A new website that lets users private message only? I'm sure that'll be the next big thing.

8. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I'm STILL trying to get the point of them when facebook does each. heck I see ppls status on facebook attached to twitter so whats the point???

11. Valdomero

Posts: 592; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

@tigermcm #you #can't #argue #facebook I even felt bad for writing that, that's just plain dumb. I still don't get the point of this.

20. metalpoet unregistered

After myspace turned weird in 2009 I stopped caring about social networking websites like facebook and twitter. but then again maybe I was just aging and maturing lol. someday the rest of the world will catch up to us :)

15. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I know; redundancy seems to be the new hot trend these days...

18. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

well, to my observation instagram concentrates on pictures more! and with those filters etc etc.... facebook is general... and twitter is microblogging..but will also make something that is instagram-ish and tumblr-ish!

19. D.Aceveda

Posts: 411; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

filters? LOL! Facebook could have added that. Mostly all smartphones have sets of filters already inside the stock photo editor. Instagram is useless and only stupid people find use in it. Same with Twitter.

21. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

well instagram and twitter are made for celeb (but more on twitter) coz atleast their fans know what they are doing! and its easy to follow than to send a friend request!

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Still leaves a bad taste in my mouth, wont look at them the same again.

5. MeoCao unregistered

And people accuse Google for selling users data. Google sells the data without users' identities, and here FB tried to sell users identities, that's huge difference.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I think it was just a huge overreach on the ToS. Nothing like an about-face. I wonder how many users remain on Instagram? Power to the people.

14. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I'm just glad I never used Instagram... Won't have to worry about their ToS BS.

3. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

i dont think anybody misunderstood or instagram made mistake in the explaniton.they said they would sell the users photos without any compensation.period.After this they got a huge reaction from users and had to step back.end of story.

12. Valdomero

Posts: 592; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

they thought they could get away with that

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

hahaha yea thats pretty much what happened :( but dont hold it against them too much cuz they did the right thing and humbled themselves, thats the least they could do...........at least they're not ashamed to apologize unlike some companies out there who are "shameless" at doing their dirt...

4. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

it was a way for people on iOS to post pics to facebook, twitter, etc, seeing as iOS didnt let you do that at the time, all that integration was already a part of Android, so instagram wasnt as needed. Same goes with that YouTube uploader app for iOS that Android users were whining about, YOU DONT NEED IT Android already has it built in! iOS is a locked down Nazi box (and i CURRENTLY have a iPhone 4s AND a RAZR,)and needs apps to do basic things us Android users take for granted. pardon my errors, I'm learning DVORAK

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

wow so i wonder if what i was saying earlier sounds dumb now.....whatever glad that they handled this in a mature and "honest" way..............Cuz remeber if you lose ur users, you will certainly LOSE you company!

9. ryq24

Posts: 872; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

nice try. if no one protest about this rule then they would be making lots of money at other people's expense.

10. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Another case of saying what you intended and SURPRISE! being caught out at it. Like Romney during the election and kind of like the NRA's statement - The National Rifle Association has broken its silence on the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it is ready to “offer meaningful contributions” to the effort to make sure there are no more incidents like the one in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza used an assault rifle to kill 27 people before killing himself. Their solution is probably to arm everyone. And we all know people who shouldn't have a gun when they're sober, let alone under-the-influence.

13. SkurtMcGurt

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Too bad. I always wanted to see myself on a billboard on the highway

17. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol.... instagram..

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