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We knew that by teaming up with Facebook, we could build a better Instagram for you. Since then, we’ve been collaborating with Facebook’s team on ways to do just that. As part of our new collaboration, we’ve learned that by being able to share insights and information with each other, we can build better experiences for our users.
Amidst all this legal jargon, what can you, the fashion blogger, expect? How will this change your Instagram usage?
Facebook claims the perpetual right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world’s largest stock photo agency.
Overall, you can now predict that Facebook is aiming to become a bigger network with a wider reach, infiltrating more and more aspects of your life. More information about you and your behavior on these Facebook-owned platforms will be shared amongst advertising partners and investors. The Next Web says,
Now that this bridge is starting to be built from the other side, there is clear evidence now, perhaps more than ever before, that Facebook is moving towards a single cohesive network similar to Google.
Since making these changes, we’ve heard loud and clear that many users are confused and upset about what the changes mean… From the start, Instagram was created to become a business. Advertising is one of many ways that Instagram can become a self-sustaining business, but not the only one. Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram. Instead it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others 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. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear… 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.
He ended his blog post by assuring users that Instagram will continue to work to preserve its community.
Read the entire statement over at Instagram. Photo credit: @AstroWifey
One of the main reasons these documents don’t take effect immediately, but instead 30 days from now, is that we wanted to make sure you had an opportunity to raise any concerns. You’ve done that and are doing that, and that will help us provide the clarity you deserve.