Washington, DC – DC-based National Geographic, the iconic nonprofit educational and scientific organization, announced on Tuesday that it will no longer post photos on Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app owned by Facebook.
The action by National Geographic comes in response to new terms of service released by Instagram that have resulted in a torrent of criticism from users who claim the new rules would permit Instagram to sell their photos.
“@NatGeo is suspending new posts to Instagram,” wrote National Geographic. “We are very concerned with the direction of the proposed new terms of service and if they remain as presented we may close our account.”
For its part, Instagram responded to the controversy on its blog on Tuesday, arguing that it has no intention of selling user photos.
“Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram,” wrote Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram. “Instead 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.”
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