UPDATE: Instagram Co-Founder Says Rumors Of New Policy Are Not True!

The world was seemingly turned upside down Monday when it we, as well as many other media portals reported that Instagram was getting ready to commit the Internet theft of the century by taking ownership of your photos.  Well, the co-founder is here to clear up the flaws in that information.

According to the Huffington Post, even the singer Pink tweeted to her masses, in all caps: “I WILL BE QUITTING INSTAGRAM TODAY. WHAT A BUMMER. YOU SHOULD ALL READ THEIR NEW RULES.” And she wasn’t alone. Many of instagram’s users vowed to drop the service by the deadline of Jan. 16, when all of the policy changes were to take effect.

But on Tuesday, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, sat down and wrote a letter clearing up the misinformation by clarifying the most salient, what has become, myths of the Terms of Service.

Systrom said #1:  Your photos won’t be sold.  #2: Your photos will not be used in ads. #3: You still own your photos.  And last #4:  Your privacy settings have not been changed. Your pictures aren’t going public.

But one thing that still throws up a flag is his wording that “it is not our intention to sell your photos.”  So while it isn’t your intention, will they still be sold…inadvertently?

And he explained the ad usage by saying:

“…the only picture of yours that may be associated with an ad is your profile pic, similar to how “Sponsored Stories” work on Facebook. Thus, you may become an unwittingly spokesperson for a product from a brand that you follow, but your photos won’t be used to shill for that brand.”

Are you relieved or still leary of the site’s policies?  Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

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