Instagram Claims Ownership To All Our Photos, Then Takes It Back (Sort Of) [Updates]

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It’s been a rough couple of days for Instagram users, and if you’re one yourself and are not aware of the changes yet, here’s a quick recap of everything that’s happened. On Tuesday, Instagram, now fully acquired by Facebook, announced that a new privacy policy and terms of service will take effect starting January 16. The new terms stated that Instagram can use your photos as it wishes, without reimbursing you or even mentioning your name.

According to the new policy, it seemed Instagram users didn’t really have ownership over their photos; rather, Facebook can make use of them in advertisements as it pleases, and even sell them to companies that wish to use them to promote themselves. Naturally, this caused an uproar among Instagram users, some of which, and this includes several of our own authors, even chose to uninstall Instagram completely. Following this backlash, Instagram has issued an update, where they pretty much take back everything they’ve said, claiming that the “language was confusing”.

To save you some reading, Instagram now says that users are the sole owners of their photos, and that there are “no plans” to use these photos in third-party ads. What they meant, or so they say, is that they plan on offering users the ability to promote their photos and accounts in order to get more followers. The new “Terms of Service” will be published soon, where the confusing language will be changed and/or removed. All this is happening only days after Instagram chose to remove support for Twitter timeline.

So what can you do as a user? First of all, be alert. Follow the Instagram blog for new updates, and make sure you know what the new privacy policy and terms of service are. Remember that you’re not obligated to use Instagram, there are many good alternatives out there, and you do not have to put up with anything that’s not to your liking.

What do you think of the latest changes? Does it affect the way you use Instagram?

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Source: Instagram Blog

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