Instagram reminds us that new terms of service go into effect on Saturday

By , Jan 15, 2013

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Photo sharing service Instagram in an email notice issued to its users today warned that the new terms of service pertaining to images are about to go into effect later this week. The official email communication acknowledges that the updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, that now “take into account the feedback we received from the Instagram Community”, will be in effect this coming Saturday, January 19, 2013.

When it first announced new terms of service that mentioned “advertising” and “your photos”, many users feared the service would be able to sell their Instagrams to advertisers and use them elsewhere. After the fallout ensued, Instagram returned to the original terms of service and clarified in a blog post that “Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos”

And just to re-iterate its stance, Instagram is now telling its users that “these updates don’t change the fact that you own your photos that you post on Instagram, and our privacy controls work just as they did before”.

Instagram’s email communication reads:

Hello,

Our community has grown by many millions of people since we wrote our original Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. As we announced in December, we have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. These policies also now take into account the feedback we received from the Instagram Community. We’re emailing you to remind you that, as we announced last month, these updated policies will be in effect as of January 19th, 2013.

You can read our blog post that highlights some of the key updates. And remember, these updates don’t change the fact that you own your photos that you post on Instagram, and our privacy controls work just as they did before.

Thank you,
The Instagram Team

Should you distrust them, you can move all your photos over to Flickr in one fell swoop.

Instagram also plans to share data with Facebook to “fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for everyone by understanding how Instagram is used”, as well as  merge your two separate profiles.

Instagram’s parent company Facebook is scheduled to announce some major news today at 10am Pacific Time. The event remains a genuine mystery as many watchers wonder what Facebook’s mobile future means for its stock.

Among the developments expected to be discussed at the news conference: a possible brand new mobile OS from Facebook and a new iPad build of Facebook’s Messenger program with VoIP and quite possibly Skype video chatting.

My colleague Jeff yesterday told you of a neat trick to make the Messenger app working on a jailbroken iPad.

Sources allegedly told BusinessInsider that today’s presser includes “a huge new mobile ad product”. Apparently the social networking giant is planning to let advertisers buy mobile ad inventory through FBX, its real-time bidding ad exchange.

The new conference is an hour away and iDB will be watching it closely and reporting back with key announcements as they happen.

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  • jose castro

    so im kinda confused… so is the pictures ours or theres?

    • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

      Just move to FlickR

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    ehh