The internet and Twitter has been abuzz about the recent changes on Instagram. The company has decided to update their Terms of Service causing a ruckus online. Of course, some viral campaigns kicked off adding more heat to the discussion. The outpour even had Kevin Systrom, a co-founder of Instagram, writing a blog post saying the company would change the new terms of service to make clearer what would happen to users’ pictures.
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.
Ownership Rights: 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.
Perhaps the popular photo sharing application was trying to clean up their mess. The company should take a look at other companies and social media sites like MySpace, Digg and Netflix that lost subscribers due to abrupt changes, prices and confusion over terms and conditions.
Since the buyout from Facebook, Instagram was having the best year ever. Facebook shocked the online community with its $1 billion acquisition. As more people are starting to use – or delete- their accounts, the popularity caused Instagram to quickly expand.
Even though many people do not take the time to read over the terms and conditions, the backlash speaks volumes to where users are when it comes to their privacy and work. With social networking sites and even apps like Instagram being free, users won’t accept the careless responsibility of companies. For now it seems that everyone can hold on to their precious filtered Throwback Thursday and infamous bathroom mirror photos…