Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom on Thursday responded to the significant uproar surrounding the social photo sharing service’s new Terms of Service, specifically the part in which the company would have been able to sell one’s photos without providing any notice or compensation to that user.
Systrom claims that, based on the overwhelming amount of negative feedback received, Instagram will revert to its former advertising terms that the service launched with in October 2010. You can read the updated terms, which take effect on January 19th, 2013.
Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.
You also had deep concerns about whether under our new terms, Instagram had any plans to sell your content. I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do.