The world of social media has been abuzz with the new terms dished out by Instagram. This is a quote from the new terms that Instagram laid out that was causing a ruckus all over the internet, including #boycottInstagram on Twitter, and nearly all tech related blogs and publications writing articles on the topic.
"You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."
Instagram however, was listening to all of the complaints posed by users. They have now responded here. In their new response Instagram clearly states that users retain all rights to their images.
"Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed."
Instagram also says they will not use user-generated images in advertising:
"To be clear: 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. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question."
Instagram users can now rest easy knowing their photos are safe (for now anyway) and Instagram will not be using photos without permission or in any advertising. The question still remains, however, if Instagram's image will be tarnished by this episode. Many have already left the image sharing service. Will this breach of trust cause others to reconsider Instagram in favor of another image sharing service? Tell us what you think in the comments! Will you stay with Instagram? Have you already left? Let us know!