Instagram takes a quick U-Turn, denies it will use User’s photos for advertisement

/ 4 years ago

Instagram’s Co-Founder Kevin Systrom put up a blog post that the company is listening to the feedback given by users, and says that people were confused and upset about exactly what the changes meant, and he’s blogging to try and eliminate the confusion.


“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.”

But its clear that Instagram decided to roll back their idea of selling user’s photos without compensation and blame it on a “confusing” choice of words. But as of now, ownership rights and privacy settings are not changed for Instagram users. Now the question remains, how do Instagram plans to monetize the service without picking on user’s privacy.

Source: Instagram