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Instagram Co-Founder: "It's Not Our Intention To Sell Your Photos"

Posted Tuesday December 18, 2012 8:20 PM GMT

After a new terms of service agreement resulted in a firestorm of angry users, Instagram's co-founder Kevin Systrom is speaking out to clear up the negative press.

The new terms stated 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."

However, after plenty of backlash, Systrom released a lengthy statement to quell concerns, writing, "It is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos."

Continuing on, Kevin added, "[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."

"Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed," Systrom said. "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."

As previously reported by GossipCenter, celebs of all sorts, including Olivia Wilde, Pink and many others, took to their other social media pages earlier today to express their disappointment in the new terms.

Check out what some of them had to say here.