Instagram Founder Backtracks on Selling Your Images after User Outrage

Filed under: Industry News co-founder of Instagram released a panic control statement today after users started dumping their accounts due to the new Terms of Service agreement that allows them to Sell your images or use them in Advertising.

People know what they read and although it may have been inaccurate to believe instagram would open a photo printing site that would feature your images without your knowledge these legal agreements often give more power to the business for a reason and that reason is for their benefit not the users….

Read the Official Statement

Kevin Systrom,

“it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.”

“The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement,” he says. “We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.”

“…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 is owned by Facebook who has been known to sell and give away user information to outside organizations without letting end users know when their information was transferred… in other words you never get a notice that tells you a company just copied your full profile .. you might get some generic .. we give to partners or other notice buried deep in a TOS that no one ever reads..

Facebook has been losing money like crazy  their stock is basically garbage and their future is suspect if another company can prove they are a better choice…

Don’t believe that? How many people had MySpace accounts before Facebook became the leader..

All it takes is one company willing to provide more and do it in a way users feel good about.