Instagram Reverts Back to Old ToS After Backlash
Say what? That's right, and it doesn't stop there. "If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf," the new Terms stated.
Naturally the statement about making money off an Instagram member's username, likeness, and photos without compensation caused quite a poop storm. The backlash was immediate, and Instagram followed up on Tuesday claiming that it had no intentions of selling anyone's photos, and had no plans to retain ownership.
"I’m writing this today to let you know we’re listening and to commit to you that we will be doing more to answer your questions, fix any mistakes, and eliminate the confusion," stated co-founder Kevin Systrom. "As we review your feedback and stories in the press, we’re going to modify specific parts of the terms to make it more clear what will happen with your photos."
"I’m proud that Instagram has a community that feels so strongly about a product we all love. I’m even more proud that you feel empowered to be vocal and approach us with constructive feedback to help us build a better product," he added. "Thank you for your feedback."