Instagram facing Class Action Lawsuit because of Change Of Service Terms

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Instagram just got sued: a class action lawsuit, which was the result of its change of service terms last week. Reuters reports that a California Instagram user has leveled breach of contract and other claims against Instagram owner Facebook. In response, Facebook told Reuters “we believe this complaint is without merit and we will fight it vigorously.”

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Changes in Instagram’s policy privacy create worries for the users as they think their photos would be sold or used in ads without their permission or compensation. In response, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom changed the language in the policy that had caused the furor which, at its peak, led to plenty of confusion among users. Last week, Drew Olanoff and Josh Constine discussed the misunderstandings caused by Instagram and Facebook’s privacy policy and terms of service changes.

Instagram did keep language in its policy, however, that gives it the ability to place ads related to user content. The lawsuit filed by San Diego-based law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk alleges that even if users delete their Instagram account, they forfeit rights to photos they have already uploaded. “

In short, Instagram declares that ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law and if you don’t like it, you can’t stop us,’” the lawsuit says.

Source: Mashable, TechCrunch

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