The CEO of Photo-sharing site Instagram has said that is has no plans to sell users photos. In a blog post Kevin Systrom said that it apologised for confusing users with its update to its terms and conditions yesterday, saying that the company is working to fix mistakes.
Instagram announced yesterday a privacy change that suggested the company would be able to sell users’ photographs to third parties without paying royalties. The announcement sparked a furious backlash as people saw it as a step too far, with many vowing to close down their accounts in protest.
But Systrom insists that users’ photos will not be sold by the company. He states,
“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 because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question. Our main goal is to avoid things like advertising banners you see in other apps that would hurt the Instagram user experience. Instead, we want to create meaningful ways to help you discover new and interesting accounts and content while building a self-sustaining business at the same time.”
“Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed.”
Systrom had said the company will now work towards modifying the terms and conditions to make clear exactly what will happen with your photos.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner