Instagram Can Now Sell Your Food Porn Photos, Sparking #BoycottInstagram

According to their new terms of service, valid January 16, Instagram says it might use your photos, likeness, and profile for advertising


Right after breaking ties with Twitter and ruining our Instagram-beautiful photo slideshows on Twitter, Instagram has just released a new Terms of Service that might lose them even more users.

While Instagram does not claim "ownership" of any of your photos, the new terms of service say that Instagram reserves the right to use your food porn photos (and others) in advertisements. "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," the Terms of Service reads.

Naturally, this has sparked a #BoycottInstagram movement, with Anonymous asking Twitter users to send in photos of their closed Instagram accounts. The Terms of Service don't go into effect until Jan. 16, meaning users who are worried about these policy changes have a little less than a month to close their accounts.

An analyst suggests that this change stems from Facebook's recent acquisition of Instagram, where the larger business model puts more pressure on making revenue from the smartphone app. In the next three years, analysts predict Instagram could bring in $500 to $700 million in advertising revenue, USA Today reports.


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