Instagram was forced to deal with the aftermath: its brand’s credibility taking a beating and the rumored loss of millions of users. AppStats shows the figure of daily active users uploading to Instagram to be around 7.41 million on January 14, down from 16.35 daily users on December 17, although that information is open to different interpretations. And there were further threats to pull out of the service from huge accounts like National Geographic, although that didn’t come to pass.
While Instagram removed the offending language from their terms of service, the new change took effect on January 19. Read on to learn more.
Changes to Expect with Instagram:
If you use Instagram, you should have received a message about the updates in policies with a link to a blog post by Kevin Systrom, co-founder. The changes took effect as of January 19, and were made to aid in the integration with Facebook, ostensibly to combat spam, built better features, and detect system reliability problems.
A visit to the blog post on Instagram’s terms of service shows:
- “Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.
- Our updated terms of service help protect you, and prevent spam and abuse as we grow.”
Other changes include the unfortunate development that Instagram photos no longer appear in Twitter users’ photo galleries. Users can also expect ads to run on Instagram in the future.
Forbes, “Are People Abandoning Instagram? Of course not.” 28 December 2012.
Instagram. “Updated Terms of Service Based on Your Feedback.”
Instagram. “Privacy and Terms of Services Changes on Instagram.” 17 December 2012.
Wired,”Instagram Loses Half Its Daily Users after T&Cs Debacle,” by Philippa Warr, 15 January 2013.
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