Instagram denies having right to sell users’ photos

Facebook’s photo-sharing service Instagram has moved to deny that it has changed its privacy policy to give it the right to sell users’ photos to advertisers without notification.It said instead that users had incorrectly interpreted its revised terms of serviced, which it blamed on its “confusing” choice of language.Instagram’s clarification follows much user opposition to the believed change. see:Instagram reassures users over terms of service after massive outcry
After a day of media reports and social media statements decrying Instagram, the photography app’s co-founder Kevin Systrom sought to prevent an exodus of users by promising that the company has no intent to sell user photos.Instagram changed its terms of service this week using language that suggested that the app, and its owner Facebook, would be allowed to sell people’s uploaded photos or related data to third parties without permission. Responds to Anger Over Proposed Instagram Changes
Jeremy Pinnix, an app developer in Spring Hill, Tenn., has been a regular user of the photo-sharing service Instagram since it was introduced in 2010, posting pictures of his family, local scenery and favorite moments.But when Mr. Pinnix, 40, learned this week about changes to the company’s terms of service that would apparently allow his photos to be used as advertisements, he did not hesitate. He deleted his account and has not looked back. Incites Backlash With Changes in Instagram Terms
Facebook Inc.’s policy changes to its Instagram photo-sharing site has drawn withering criticism from consumers, photographers and privacy advocates who said the update forces them to cede control over content.Instagram unveiled a new privacy policy and terms of service on Dec. 17 that will give advertisers more flexibility in using photos, user names and likenesses in ads. After a backlash that resulted in thousands of complaints on Facebook, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said yesterday that the new terms will remove language suggesting that users’ photos could appear in advertisements.

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