Instagram is making sure that everyone is aware the rumors that have been spread about their company selling photos in the new year are NOT true. The co-founder of the company put out an emergency statement guaranteeing the user’s photos will not be sold and there is no intentions to ever.
TMZ reports, Instagram made a statement in attempt to squash all concerns after the new terms of service agreement was set out to users yesterday. The new terms states, “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.” MANY users famous and non-famous put out statements to stop using Instagram.
Co-founder Kevin Systrom released a statement:
“It is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. [The new terms of service] was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true. 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