Instagram takes back its user privacy service after backlashes
December 19, 2012
Source: MM Network
Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service, announced that it would remove language from its new terms of service suggesting that users' photos could appear in advertisements. The move of Instagram follows after having faced with angry backlash from some of its most active users.
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post, "We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we're going to remove the language that raised the question of being made available the users photo on advertisement"
Instagram with its announcement had spurred suspicions this week that it would sell user photos after revising its terms of service. It further sparked renewed debate about how much control over personal data users must give up to live and participate in a world steeped in social media.
As per the new revised policy unless users deleted their Instagram accounts by a deadline of 16 January, they cannot opt out. The changes also meant that Instagram could share information about its users with Facebook, its parent company, as well as other affiliates and advertisers.