This had led to a massive criticism of Instagram with many users vowing to delete their accounts. In fact, even after Instagram retracted the clause, many users quit the app and according to AppData, the number of daily active users declined for the app. However Instagram had rubbished the reports that its daily usage had fallen.
Today's email is also treading around privacy and advertising. It reads,
You can read our blog post that highlights some of the key updates. And remember, these updates don't change the fact that you own your photos that you post on Instagram, and our privacy controls work just as they did before.
Today's Instagram blogpost also dwells on this fact. The post states: Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.
If you're not convinced about Instagram's policy, you can check out this post here about how to delete the app and save your Instagram photos at the same time.