Instagram’s latest Terms of Service update has resulted in a tidal wave of user backlash pushing the company’s co-founder Kevin Systrom, to respond on the company’s official blog. Systrom published a lengthy yet somewhat vague response in an attempt to calm down the growing concerns of the IG community. Systrom is quick to acknowledge that many of its users are artists and hobbyists alike and see the service as an extension of their art. He continued to state that the company does not wish to sell anyone’s photos.
Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed. We respect that there are creative artists and hobbyists alike that pour their heart into creating beautiful photos, and we respect that your photos are your photos. Period.
I always want you to feel comfortable sharing your photos on Instagram and we will always work hard to foster and respect our community and go out of our way to support its rights.
The statement goes on to say that Instagram will look to integrate some type of advertisement system to gain revenue as an alternative to selling its user photos to third parties. An updated Terms of Service is also in the works to help clarify where the company stands on the matter at the heart of this issue- user’s privacy. To read Kevin Systrom’s full statement continue on to the source link below.