Instagram will share user data with Facebook
The changes, which take effect Jan. 16, 2013, enable Instagram to share user content and information such as location data, usage data and device identifiers with other Facebook-owned entities. Affiliates under the Facebook umbrella "may use this information to help provide, understand and improve the Service (including by providing analytics) and Affiliates' own services (including by providing you with better and more relevant experiences)," the policy states. "But these Affiliates will honor the choices you make about who can see your photos." Users also will retain ownership over their images.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said the decision to halt Twitter cards support is intended to help establish the Instagram platform beyond its signature smartphone applications. "A handful of months ago, we supported Twitter cards because we had a minimal Web presence," Systrom said. "We've since launched several improvements to our website that allow users to directly engage with Instagram content through likes, comments [and] hashtags, and now we believe the best experience is for us to link back to where the content lives." Speaking at the recent LeWeb conference in Paris, Systrom added the change was his decision and not an order from Facebook.
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