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Yeah - we link their update in our articles Andy. It's not a reversal, more of a clarification. Still, it's an improvement over what they said yesterday.
 
Is this really a surprise to anyone who noticed Facebook buying them out?
 
Does Snapseed host a sharing infrastructure? The only "share" I've seen on their site is to other photo hosting services, such as G+ or Facebook. I do think Snapseed is great, though, and I generally use G+ for my casual pics, so this is more of an academic distinction for me (it may matter to others).
 
+Nick Vargish No. That is why I think I like them so much! Its great photo editing, and not another social network to become obsessed with.
G+ has my heart. 
 
+Nick Vargish that's true, but some of the suggestions were similar to Snapseed in that respect.
 
Uh, guys, they backed down.  Not keeping up with the news?
 
They backed down to "We still don't care about you enough to have warned you before we changed our TOS so please don't hate us?" +Lee Keels 
 
+Paul Jewkes They backed down to the point of saying they will not use your images in ads.
 
Flickr FTW!  
The community at Flickr is awesome and I've enjoyed using it for the past 6 years.  One of the things I love about it is that it has Creative Commons licenses built in.  That's legal protection of your rights as a content creator.  When Vodafone tried to use Flickr photos illegally for advertising the Flickr community came together and ousted them.  Vodafone then felt the weight of the Creative Commons law come down on them.  

It's this sort of solid protection, and strong, supportive community that has made Flickr such a great, long lasting service.
 
+Paul Jewkes  Quoting ... "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."
 
+Lee Keels Once bitten....   What fool would trust a company that pulls nasty tricks like this just because when they get caught they back track???   
 
I don't see any reason to be mollified until Systrom publishes a revised "proposed" ToS that addresses peoples' concerns. On the other hand, I've shared exactly one photo on Instagram and hipster filters are pretty stale at this point... I don't have a dog in this fight other than an abstract interest in users' rights.
 
+Lee Keels "it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear."To provide context, we envision a future where both users and brands alike may promote their photos & accounts to increase engagement and to build a more meaningful following. Let’s say a business wanted to promote their account to gain more followers and Instagram was able to feature them in some way. In order to help make a more relevant and useful promotion, it would be helpful to see which of the people you follow also follow this business. In this way, some of the data you produce — like the actions you take (eg, following the account) and your profile photo — might show up if you are following this business."
 
You said- "They backed down to the point of saying they will not use your images in ads."

They actually clarified that is exactly what they will be doing.
 
+Paul Jewkes Did you have a particular one in mind? I've made several, as you can see.
 
If you don't want your photos used without your permission don't upload them to a "free" social network site. Nothing is free and the means of providing all that server space is usually spelled out in detail in your TOS. 
 
+Lee Keels +Paul Jewkes, cite links to sources. Random text in quotation marks doesn't prove anything.

Also, who cares, Instagram is for hipsters to take filtered pictures of food. Dull.
 
account already deleted... Facebook you are going straight down!!
 
Face book is bad...............
 
+Lee Keels is not the first time that they are trying to this kind of things... and it will not be the last... and don't worry about my effort... ;)
 
+Adrian Martinez Well, at least if you've deleted your accounts, we won't need to hear from you next time :)
 
Hmm last i read up they did not back down, Instagram CEO just said that everyone else misunderstood the terms, in a blog-post. No revision of the terms, at least not yet. They are looking to re-word the terms they say, I'm curious to see how though.
 
+Edmond Dantes I guess you might want to read it for yourself instead of taking what you "hear" as truth.
 
+Adrian Martinez So? It just means they didn't pay attention and are having a knee-jerk reaction to something that is now a dead issue.
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