Instagram: Sorry! We Won’t Really Sell Your Photos!

(Ping! Zine Web Tech magazine) – Popular photo sharing app Instagram found itself backtracking following user blacklash after the company said it would reserve the right to sell user photos with a new privacy policy.

Seeking to squelch fears Wednesday, company CEO Kevin Systrom said via the company’s blog that Instagram never intended to sell users photos, while saying the company would work to revamp the language in the policy statement to clear up concerns.

“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,” he remarked.

However, Systrom’s new comments run contrary to language in the new privacy policy’s text that made it clear the company could do otherwise. “To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you,” the text reads as currently is.

The backlash, meanwhile, may have already had a devastating effect on the company which was purchased by Facebook in April. An article from Wired.com titled “How to Download Your Instagram Photos and Kill Your Account” was surely a top read earlier this week.

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