Instagram withdraws policy change

Instagram withdraws policy change

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On Monday, Instagram came out with new terms of service that gave the popular photo sharing app the rights to receive payments from businesses to use members' photos in ads.

But following outcry on social media sites like Twitter, a blog post released late Tuesday afternoon by Instagram stated it will remove the language suggesting that users' photos could appear in Instagram ads.

Regardless there will still be new terms that go into effect January 16.

Roger Williams, a local attorney who specializes in intellectual property law, says it's the fine print in the terms of services that users need to read.

"Anytime you're posting something important onto the website. It is important to know what the website can do," said Williams.

On most social media websites, when you sign up, that automatically binds you to the agreement.

Instagram quickly developed a following since it was released last year.

"It allows regular people with no photography background to use their regular cell phone camera to take a picture, apply one of their set filters to it and make it beautiful," said Andy Gonzalez who works for Speak Social in Austin and uses Instagram on a daily basis.

He says because Instagram isn't as established as its now owner, Facebook, the future could be uncertain, especially after this week's developments.

"They don't know what's going to happen and you know it's very reactive. They either back off or they proceed forward," said Gonzalez.

The only way to opt out of the terms of agreement with Instagram is to delete your account.

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