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Updated 5:52 p.m.
Instagram is taking another shot at its much-maligned new rules that would have allowed the company to use users’ photos in advertising and other promotions, without compensating them.
The company just backtracked, saying there has been a big misunderstanding. This is from the Associated Press:
Instagram says it will revise a planned update to its service agreement after confusion about its intent led to widespread user complaints.
At issue is whether users’ photos can be part of advertisements, on and off Instagram. The mobile photo-sharing company said in a blog post Tuesday that it has no plans to put users’ photos in advertisements.
That said, Instagram maintains that it was created to become a business and would like to experiment with various forms of advertisements to make money.
2:50 p.m. posting:
(TMZ is reporting that several Hollywood celebs are canceling their Instagram accounts due to changes affecting how it uses your photos).
You’d think that if someone wanted you to be a star in an advertisement or some other marketing pitch you’d have the opportunity to get paid, right? Wrong, according to Instagram.
The website Techradar reports that Instagram will have new terms of service for its popular photo-sharing site starting Jan. 16, allowing the company to sell your username, likeness and photos to another company for use in ads and promotions, without any payment to you.
Here’s the section of the agreement that pertains to this change, Techradar reports:
“To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata) and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”
What do you think about the new rules. Will you keep or drop Instagram?