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Instagram’s new terms of service is being considered the popular smartphone app's ‘suicide note,’ as many users revolt over the idea that their photos can suddenly be used by corporations in advertizing and they will not be compensated.
The new terms of service, which will go into effect on Jan. 16, includes a paragraph about how the service (Instagram in this case) has the right to be supported by ad revenue. What is really getting users angry is the sentence, “To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”
Even if you are a minor, no Instagram user is exempt. The terms explain that even if you are under 18, “ you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.”
Users have been up in arms since the new terms were posted. Gawker notes that some are even calling it the company’s ‘suicide note.’
According to CNN, Noah Kalina, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding photographer even complained on Twitter. “Pro or not if a company wants to use your photos for advertising they need to TELL you and PAY you,” he wrote.
Even Anonymous is calling for Instagram users to delete their profiles.
Facebook, which now owns Instagram, has not commented on the changes.
The changes also come as Instagram severs its ties with Twitter.