Instagram denies rights to selling users' photos

  • Facebook's photo-sharing service Instagram has denied it has changed its privacy policy to enable it to sell users' photos to advertisers without notification.

    It said that users had misinterpreted its revised terms due to "confusing" language.

    The move sparked outcry amongst social media users, with some threatening to leave.

    "To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos," it said on Tuesday.

    In a blog post, Instagram chief executive Kevin Systrom said: "It is our mistake that this language is confusing. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear."

    The new policies come into effect by January 16 and follow Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of Instagram in April.