Instagram Backpedals on New Terms After Users Threaten to Leave

December 19th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Instagram unveiled its updated terms of service this week and the Igers are not having it, threatening to leave en masse in favor of other photo-sharing services. You see, the new TOS includes vaguely-written passages that can be interpreted as allowing Instagram to the uploaded images for profit without having to pay the users.

But it seems that Instagram is holding back, as co-founder Kevin Systrom took to the company’s official blog saying that his company is “listening” to different complaints about the new terms of service.

“I’m writing this today to let you know we’re listening and to commit to you that we will be doing more to answer your questions, fix any mistakes, and eliminate the confusion,” Systrom wrote.

Instagram users point out to a particular line that says businesses can license images that were uploaded publicly on Instagram without compensation to the original uploader.

Systrom clarified that Instagram was established to become a business, with advertising being one way of earning profit. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that the new terms were vague and were prone to misinterpretation.

“To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos,” Systrom reiterated. “We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.”

Source: Instagram, via Interaksyon

Photo credit: Agence France Presse


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