Instagram say – We are NOT going to sell your photos and WE do not own them!

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There was a storm caused today on the internet, with people saying they are not going to use instragram anymore over changes to their privacy policy posted on the instagram blog yesterday, that they are going to cancel their accounts.  It was said everywhere that Instagram now own your photos and could sell your images to advertisers, they say this is not true.

People are confused and upset say Instagram

Instagram insist that they are NOT going to use our photos in advertisements and that Instagram does not have any ownership right over your photos either. You own your own instagram photos.  They say that they worded this badly and they are glad that they didn’t intend to make any changes for 30 days so that they can change the wording so that it is clearer in the document.

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.

Ownership Rights Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed.

So Instragram have no rights over  your photos and will not sell them to advertisers …. 

Instagram went on to explain that control over who sees your photos also has not changed, if you are private then they will stay that way.

Thank you for your help in making sure that Instagram continues to thrive and be a community that we’re all proud of. Please stay tuned for updates coming soon.

The original post where Instagram announce the changes did say that nothing had changed about your photos ownership or who can see them, but I assume ( I didn’t read the policy only the blog posts, I was not concerned, if they can sell my snaps good luck to them LOL) that the policy is unclear.  People I spoke to said that the policy was a clear as day – and they they are back-tracking – however it does say this on the blog post that announced the Instragram changes yesterday.

  •  Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.
  • Our updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups. 

So its all been a bit of a drama about nothing has it ?  We will see ……

Hope this helps