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Opaque Instagram ad policy change riles users

2 years ago December 18, 2012 Dec 18, 2012 Tuesday, December 18 2012 Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:01:59 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK- Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service that Facebook bought this year, is the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after a change in its user agreement hinted that it might use shared photos in ads.

It's not clear that anything substantive has changed in Instagram's new terms of service, which were posted Monday and go into effect Jan. 16. As is the case before, the service reserves the right to use shared photos in any matter it likes, though the photographers keep "ownership" of the photos.

The updated terms of service say users agree that their photos could be used "in connection with paid or sponsored content." The current terms say the service can place ads "on, about or in conjunction with your Content."

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