This week, Instagram announced new policies to reflect its growth and new ownership. Some of the changes regarding how members’ photos may be used in ads sparked complaints on Twitter and elsewhere. Here’s a look at key developments in Instagram’s service.
_ April 3: Instagram, a photo-sharing social network accessed on smartphones, arrives on Android devices after starting out as an app available only on Apple gadgets such as the iPhone.
_ May 18: Facebook’s stock begins trading publicly. After a small increase on its first day, the stock price tumbles amid concerns about the company’s ability to keep growing revenue.
_ Nov. 5: Instagram expands to the Web, though in limited form. Previously, users’ profiles existed only on Instagram’s mobile applications. With the change, users have a website with a profile photo, bio and a selection of the snapshots they’ve recently shared on Instagram, though they can’t follow other users or upload photos.
_ Tuesday: Following the outcry, Instagram says it will remove language suggesting that users’ photos could appear in advertisements.
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