Instagram sent an email to users this morning to remind them that the new policies, now without the provisions many saw as the service trying to monetize or commoditize user images for advertising purposes.
In the email Instagram points users to a blog post from a month ago where it again, lays out a few key points, ostensibly to prevent anyone who still has a tendency to freak out to remain calm:
Here are a few key updates:
• Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.
• Our updated terms of service help protect you, and prevent spam and abuse as we grow.
In the future, Instagram says it will refrain from putting new terms in that deal with advertising they might want to possibly maybe pursue in the future, but have yet to develop, before changing its user agreements. Again, the changes take effect Jan. 19 and not Jan. 16, so if you still feel like opting out, you’ve got three additional days to cancel your account.
This morning’s email in full:
You can read our blog post that highlights some of the key updates. And remember, these updates don’t change the fact that you own your photos that you post on Instagram, and our privacy controls work just as they did before.
The Instagram Team