Instagram’s Terms of Service disaster could come to an end today

by: Joe HindyJanuary 19, 2013

Instagram has had an interesting last couple of months. A little background for those that may not know is that Instagram changed their Terms of Service recently. They stated that they could essentially sell your personal photos to other companies. The worry was that deeply personal photos could end up on the front of a website as someone else’s ad. Today, Instagram could be ending it.

Instagram hasn’t been helping their case much. As early as yesterday, Instagram posted likely bogus stats claiming they didn’t lose any users during this fiasco. One sure way to keep your fans angry is to call the ones who quit not important. The Verge’s Chris Welch reports today that Instagram is due to change their Terms of Service once again to end the problem.

Is Instagram going to continue selling photos of people?

We’ll know later today, that’s for sure. It has been reported that the company will retain its right to share its photos with its parent company, Facebook. Otherwise, they claim they have no intention of selling any photos. Of course, as many of our readers have pointed out, the best way to keep your photos safe is to simply get rid of Instagram.

Will this new ToS smooth things over or is it time to leave the photo sharing giant? Let us know what you decided to do in the comments!

  • ddipasupil

    Not gonna wait for a new ToS. I’m deleting Instagram and moving to Streamzoo… so much better.

  • horaceoli72

    hey if you don’t know the terms of service with Instagram have an law firm take a look for you less then the cost of a bottle of water a day. more info go to

  • A large chunk of Instagram users are iOS users. They are extremely used to limited ToS – Hell they signed an agreement with Apple that they would not modify the iPhone after they bought it…in order for Apple to sell it. If they didnt sign it, Apple refused to sell them the device. With that said, knowing the type of people iOS owners are, the lengths they are willing to go to, for something, being locked into a proprietary ecosphere as well as what is perceived as “better” (as Instagram is perceived over other photo filters), it would come as no shock that anyone leaving Instagram would be Android users and not a single iOS user. Additionally, Android users are actually smarter and read the fine print and are willing to make a change and take a chance and a risk in doing so, where as iOS users are more willing to stay put and conform to a myriad of changes that do not benefit them because the mentality is “Its for our good”. Beside that… iOS users are always showing off their photos and how great the iPhone camera is (even though there are dozens of other devices that take better pictures) and they love the attention they would get if Instagram DID in fact sell the photos just so they could have bragging rights and say “Thats my photo”, however, everyone else will end up laughing at them when they find out that they never were paid for that photo to be used in the next big ad spread. HAHA!

  • Droidfan

    Instagram is toast for me.

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  • how many of us again actually read the ToS ?