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.
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.