Instagram: Your pictures belong to you

Instagram has clarified the changes made to its user policy following an angry response to its proposed changes, reported yesterday.

A blog post written by co-founder Kevin Systrom reassures users that the company is “listening” to users’ feedback and plans to “modify specific parts of the terms” to clear up what they mean.

Among the clarifications is the assurance that photos taken and published on the platform belong to the individual who took them.

“Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos,” says Systrom. “We respect that there are creative artists and hobbyists alike that pour their heart into creating beautiful photos, and we respect that your photos are your photos.”

Systrom also tackled the controversy surrounding the licensing of photos to external companies, which he states is not the case.

“It was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos 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.”

Instead, Instagram is looking to encourage brands to promote their photos and accounts “to increase engagement and to build a more meaningful following”.

(Source: Instagram)

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