National Geographic returns to Instagram
By Hayley Tsukayama,
The people who run the magazine’s Instagram account were one of many users who expressed concern after Instagram posted new guidelines that seemed to indicate the company could use user photos in advertising on the site without permission. National Geographic then said it would suspend posting photos to the network, and that it may close its account if the new terms went into effect.
On Friday afternoon, the magazine posted a message to its Instagram account to announce it would resume posting.
“@NatGeo applauds all who raised their voices as well as Instagram for listening and acting on its community’s concerns,” the message said. “We are happy to be back, and National Geographic photographers all over the world look forward to continuing to share their images with each of you.”
Minutes later, the account posted a picture of Antarctica to its profile page.
And this certainly doesn’t mean that the debate won’t resurface. In Thursday’s post, Instagram chief executive Kevin Systrom said that the company will explain plans for specific advertising products with users in the future, but didn’t specify what those plans may be.
(Washington Post. Co. chairman and chief executive Donald E. Graham is a member of Facebook’s board of directors.)
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