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Instagram Say That They “Listening” To Users About New T&C’s

Shortly after the news broke that Instagram will be changing their terms and conditions to allow them to basically sell users photos to advertisers as they please, the service took to Twitter with the statement, “We’ve heard you that the updates to our Privacy Policy & Terms of Service are raising a lot of questions. We’ll have more to share very soon.”

Which they kept too, releasing a blog post about their thoughts on some of the obvious issues with the T&C’s.

“Yesterday we introduced a new version of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that will take effect in thirty days. These two documents help communicate as clearly as possible our relationship with the users of Instagram so you understand how your data will be used, and the rules that govern the thriving and active Instagram community. Since making these changes, we’ve heard loud and clear that many users are confused and upset about what the changes mean.”

So basically they are claiming that it is not their intention to sell your photos before and that everyone’s response to these changes was in-fact wrongly informed. They continued to say:

“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.”

“To provide context, we envision a future where both users and brands alike may promote their photos & accounts to increase engagement and to build a more meaningful following. Let’s say a business wanted to promote their account to gain more followers and Instagram was able to feature them in some way. In order to help make a more relevant and useful promotion.”

Continuing to explain the situation on advertising the spokesperson also mentioned, “The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this.”

And finally they cleared up the issue of ownership, confirming that photos will remain the ownership of the person who took them.

“Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed.”

Let us know what you think about all of this, and hit up the source link for more information.

Source: Instagram Blog

Image Via: Mashable

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