InstagramMany people were outraged by Instagram’s recent announcement in regards to its privacy policy changes. On January 16, the company – which was bought out by Facebook last year – proposed a change that would allow advertisers to use photos uploaded by users for free. As originally communicated, users would not receive any incentive nor would they have rights over their Instagram photos. Why? As popular as many of social sharing sites may be, they have to find ways to monetize in order to stay in business. Instagram confirmed this notion once it released an updated statement claiming that from the start, Instagram was created to become a business” and that “advertising is one of many ways that Instagram can become self-sustaining.”

The question of whether or not to stay on Instagram has cut deeply for many. Everyone from the Kardashians to everyday citizens concerned about their privacy have started jumping ship. The buzz sparked something over at Instagram, because in a recent blog, the company reneged on their original “update” to soothe angry consumers:

“Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram,” Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, wrote on a company blog. “Instead it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. 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.”

Although Instagram calls their recent privacy update a communications error or misunderstanding, questions still loom over whether or not this recent update is in response to the many users that have already closed down their accounts. Knowing that the company has backed down from its original “unclear” messaging, are you still planning to continue using Instagram? Or will you be opting for an alternative program?

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  • omfg

    i deleted instagram from my ipod the same day it was announced they were being bought by facebook. i’m anti-facebook. and so i’m now anti-instagram.

    a twitter instagram partnership would have been better, imo. but now instagram is anti-twitter. i actually sorta like twitter, as long as it’s not owned by or associated with facebook.

    • Lulu

      Honestly, I wouldn’t trust any social media platform you see utilized heavily by major companies. I remember being incredibly creeped out when I saw Facebook icons in advertisements for major brands. Now it’s the norm to see twitter, Facebook, even Pinterest. The comfort people have with sharing such personal information on a consistent basis WILL be used against them. It’s just the sort of opportunistic world we live in. I read that Facebook especially is at critical mass so they can implement ridiculous policies and any resulting exodus would not affect them much.

  • tt

    i was thinking about getting one, but now

  • Caramel

    I don’t know why anyone is surprised! I am sure Facebook is selling subscriber information to coporate america as we speak.

  • Deb

    I was thinking of joining but changed my mind when Facebook acquired the company. I knew something like this would eventually happen. The biggest companies that are based on social networks and storing personal info (like Google) are now overstepping their boundaries because they know they can probably get away with it. Anyway, rival companies should JUMP at the opportunity to scoop up anyone thinking of leaving Instagram.

  • LKJ

    I’m not on any social media platform; not facebook, myspace, twitter instagram, pinterest or what have you. I prefer to keep my private life private.