Instagram, the hugely popular photo-sharing service owned by Facebook announced new terms of service that claimed ‘some’ rights with language that appeared to give the Facebook app the right to “sell” users’ photos to advertisers.
You hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service
Instagram had stated in a blog post.
The new terms of service caused an uproar on the Internet. Many, including some well known photographers, have said that they are bidding good bye to Instagram. Many users have been voicing their concerns using the hashtag #againstnewtos following the announcement.
However, the new terms of service turned out to be different. Instagram later posted a long response to the criticism on various social media networks, saying that it had no intention of selling photos.
Instagram responded saying
Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed.
Nothing has changed about the control you have over who can see your photos. If you set your photos to private, Instagram only shares your photos with the people you’ve approved to follow you. We hope that this simple control makes it easy for everyone to decide what level of privacy makes sense.
It seems many users had incorrectly interpreted Instagram’s revised terms of service.
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