Instagram, the photos sharing social network, said Tuesday, it will remove language from its new terms of service that would have allowed users' photos to be part of advertisements.
The network's co-founder Kevin Systrom, in a blog post, said Instagram doesn't currently have plans to run such ads, so it will remove that language from the terms of service that was scheduled to begin in January 2013, reported the Los Angeles Times.
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"We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question," Systrom wrote in the blog.
Even Congressman Ed. Markey (D-MA), who represents Framingham and has a regional office in town, issued a statement before the reversal.
Markey, co-chair of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, said “A picture is worth a thousand words; posting one to Instagram should not cost you your privacy. I am very concerned that Instagram’s new privacy policies and terms of service are putting consumer privacy at risk, especially that of teenagers. I will closely monitor this situation and hope Instagram takes the necessary steps to ensure that personal information is protected and not sold without permission.”