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Instagram co founder says that the new policy clause didn’t really mean they were about to sell the photos. But it was messed up due to wrong choice of language. Also due to public backlash they restored the original policy they had since October 2010. Here is what they said:
“Because of the feedback we have heard from you, we are reverting this advertising section to the original version that has been in effect since we launched the service in October 2010. Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.”
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This is for sure going to cause a lot of roars in the Social Media Sector of Internet, But as with anything else the voices will drown and the terms you have agreed upon will soon be forgotten but that won’t stop Instagram from selling your digital content. So if you respect your privacy and don’t agree to the updated terms of Instagram then you should pack your photos and leave the service before it is too late.
Here is the passage from the updated TOS on Instagram:
Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that 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. <source>
How to Download/Backup Your Instagram Photos and Delete Your Instagram Account.
Step 1. Login to your Instagram Account on your PC/Mac via this URL : Instagr.am Login
Step 3. Accept the Authentication request by clicking on Allow.
Step 4. Wait for the service to export all your Photos to a Zip file and download it to your Desktop for backup.
Note : If you want to retain your Instagram Username after account deletion, Read the part after Step 5 before proceeding to Step 5.
Step 5. You can initiate your Account Deletion by clicking on the Removal Link on this page : I want to delete my account.
How to Retain your Instagram Username after Account Deletion!
It may so happen that you joined Instagram at the early stage and have secured a perfect Username for your account which you couldn’t reserve on any other Social Media profiles and letting it go will be hard, So here is a simple trick to save your Instagram Username: Before deleting your Account, Go to Edit Profile and change your username to something else (eg: username1) and Submit it. Then proceed with deletion of account. Again re-register on Instagram with the initial username and let it live forever.. but control your urge to upload photos 😉
What after Instagram?
There are some awesome Instagram alternatives out there which are loved by many.. I found these two to be good ones. (Do add your favorite ones via the comments and we will add it to the list with proper credits) :
Here are some awesome Instagram alternatives suggested by LifeHacker.
Do let us know your thoughts on this matter! What are your Instagram Favorites?