Sometimes getting pissed off can do the trick, especially when millions of “users,” or the “products,” start bitching. As user/products, we know how much we were worth ($1 Billion!) when Instagram sold us all to Facebook, but we have rights and a voice. And we can use the very tools they give us to communicate our outrage. I love internet mutiny!
In a post titled: “Thank You. We Are Listening,” Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom promised to “modify specific parts of the terms to make it more clear what will happen with your photos,” then went into specifics about the sale of photographs for advertising purposes stating that, “it is not our intention to sell your photos,” and most importantly:
Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed. 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. Period.
Do you think that Instagram will keep their promise?