In a blog post about the policy change, Instagram reiterates this point, saying, “Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.” The company says greater sharing of data between Facebook and Instagram “means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for everyone by understanding how Instagram is used.”
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