Instagram says it will tweak its recently revised terms of service to remove language that sparked ire among its 300 million users of the photo sharing service. The new terms of service seemed to give Instagram the right to use users' images for advertising. This prompted many to delete their accounts.
Instagram founder Kevin Systrom responded in an online post to quell the outcry. According to Systrom, the controversy is a misunderstanding.
"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."
Some think Instagram is backpedaling after misinterpreting its market and what its users will tolerate.
To be fair, Instagram has provided a revenue worthy service void of annoying advertising. and it was founded to be a business. Has Instagram, now owned by Facebook, made its bed? Can it convert itself from a free service without advertising? At this point, there are many photo sharing alternatives including Twitter that even offer the photo filter effects that helped boost Instagram's growth. Has Instagram waited too late to convert?
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