Instagram reverts to prior policy on ads

Instagram reverts to prior policy on ads

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The Instagram logo is displayed on a tablet on December 20, 2012 in Paris. Instagram backed down on December 18, 2012 from a planned policy change that appeared to clear the way for the mobile photo sharing service to sell pictures without compensation, after users cried foul. Changes to the Instagram privacy policy and terms of service set to take effect January 16 had included wording that appeared to allow people's pictures to be used by advertisers at Instagram or Facebook worldwide, royalty-free. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Instagram has abandoned wording in its new terms-of-service agreement that sparked outcry from users concerned it meant their photos could appear in advertisements.

   In a blog post late Thursday, the popular mobile photo-sharing service says it has reverted to language in the advertising section of its terms of service that appeared when it was launched in October 2010.

   Instagram is now owned by Facebook Inc. and maintains that it would like to experiment with different forms of advertising to make money.

   Its blog post says that it will now ask users' permission to introduce possible ad products only after they are fully developed.

   The outcry to the changes announced earlier this week led the company to clarify that it has no plans to put users' photos in ads.
 

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