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:
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.
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.
More TOS fallout? EyeEm, an Instagram alternative, is now ranking higher than Instagram in the US App Store twitter.com/tim/status/291…
— Tim Bradshaw (@tim) January 15, 2013
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.