Instagram Releases Statement, Seeks to Quell Public Uprising

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Attention, Internet users: Instagram has an important message to pass along...

In response to uproar over the rumor that a new terms of service agreement would allow the company to sell photos without compensating the subject of said photos, co-founder Kevin Systrom has released a statement.

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"[The new terms of service] was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true," Systrom says.

According to the controversial Instagram agreement:

"A business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."

But Systrom assures users:

"Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed. We respect that there are creative artists and hobbyists alike that pour their heart into creating beautiful photos, and we respect that your photos are your photos. Period.

"I always want you to feel comfortable sharing your photos on Instagram and we will always work hard to foster and respect our community and go out of our way to support its rights."

Are you now satisfied, readers? Will you continue to use the service?

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