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User revolt forces photo site Instagram to keep old rules

Published on Dec 21, 2012 9:54 AM
 
The Instagram logo is displayed on an Apple iPhone on Dec 18, 2012 in Fairfax, California. Instagram on Thursday tried to calm a user rebellion by nixing a change that would have given the Facebook-owned mobile photo sharing service unfettered rights to its users' pictures. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Instagram on Thursday tried to calm a user rebellion by nixing a change that would have given the Facebook-owned mobile photo sharing service unfettered rights to its users' pictures.

"The concerns we heard about from you the most focused on advertising, and what our changes might mean for you and your photos," Instagram co-founder and chief Kevin Systrom said in a blog post.

"There was confusion and real concern about what our possible advertising products could look like and how they would work," he continued.

Protests prompted Instagram to stick with wording in its original terms of service and privacy policies regarding advertising and to do away with some changes that were to take effect next month, according to Mr Systrom.

 
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