In the wake of yesterday’s announcement of Instagram’s new Terms of Use and the anger and backlash from the community, Instagram co-founder, Kevin Systrom has taken to the web to respond.

In a new post on blog.instagram, Mr. Systrom offers acknowledgement of the outcry of the community, further explanations for the relevant new clauses, and announces that Instagram will remove the language in the new Terms of Use concerning whether or not your photos can be part of an advertisement. More after the jump. >>>

Mr. Systrom said:

“The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question. Our main goal is to avoid things likes advertising banners you see in other apps that would hurt the Instagram user experience. Instead, we want to create meaningful ways to help you discover new and interesting accounts and content while building a self-sustaining business at the same time.”

He did not specifically address the sub-licensing and transfer of licensing clause that has many photographers in an uproar. Good or evil, it’s a fairly standard clause, though, and is used by several social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. My guess is this will do little to assuage the concerns of those who are really upset.

He did not address any remedies for restoring a deleted Instagram account. If you have already done so, you are probably out of luck.

Click here to read the entire post, “Thank you, and we’re listening.”


Big tip of the old Cubs baseball cap to Stacy Anderson for tipping me off to this story.