Instagram wants to pretend that this whole ToS debacle never even happened. Because of enormous public outcry and threats of mass user exodus, the company on Thursday said it’s going to revert back to the language used in its original advertising section that’s been in effect since October 2010. So ignore the new terms, folks. The old ones are here to stay.
The problem stemmed from language surrounding terms that let users know that their likeness and photos could potentially be advertising fodder. This, for obvious reasons, did not sit well with many of Instagram’s millions and millions of users. To rectify the situation, the photo-sharing social network said it will revert back to its original terms back when the company first launched.
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Facebook-owned Instagram recently updated the terms of service (ToS) for its users, and they’re pretty wild. The social network’s new powers run the gamut from being able to provide your information to advertisers to using the photos that you upload in ads. Insanity! The New York Times recently covered all of the bizarre features you should […]
Instagram has been a hot topic since the social network, now owned by Facebook, updated its terms of service (ToS) last night. We covered it in depth a bit earlier today, so be sure to read up on the new changes and how they will affect you as a user. In general, Instagram isn’t going […]
People are understandably freaking out about Instagram’s new ToS. Facebook wants to monetize the service, and to do that it has to run ads. But, according to its own terms, it might cull from Instagram’s mighty userbase to do so. Maybe. CEO Kevin Systrom on Tuesday said the company has no intentions to sell user […]
Worth noting, however, is that Instagram does intend on pursuing potential ways to monetize the platform, which is to be expected. Going forward, Systrom said, the company will mull over its plans, “and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.”
Systrom finished off his letter by saying how proud he is that the community spoke up with constructive feedback. Yes, Systrom built a wonderful product that millions of people use, and he has every right to look for possible advertising opportunities. But the community is what ultimately makes the platform tick and thrive.