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Stars Blast Instagram For New Policy Allowing It to Sell Users’ Photos

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Celebrities are taking to Twitter to react to Instagram’s new Terms of Service, which says the company can use posted photos in advertisements without notifying or compensating the user.

A number of stars are outraged about the new policy, a result of Facebook’s recent acquisition of the photo-sharing application, and have vowed to cancel their accounts.

Instagram’s new Terms of Service are set to go into effect on January 16, 2013.


Olivia Wilde: Facebook, aka weird kid brother who steals all our shit, get out of our Instagram! You ruined the party. I hate you.

Anderson Cooper: #Instagram will now be able to use anyone’s photos in ads? Without consent? Come on! Is there another photo app people recommend?

Tiffani Thiessen: Really sad to have to end my luv 4 @instagram. Will be deleting my account due 2 their ridiculous new terms.

Cheryl Burke: Can’t believe Instagrams new policy! They r allowed 2 use ALL of ur images in advertising. Will be erasing my account shortly.

Pink: I WILL BE QUITTING INSTAGRAM TODAY. WHAT A BUMMER. YOU SHOULD ALL READ THEIR NEW RULES.

Cory Monteith: they’re gonna sell my air vent?!?!? “@CNNMoney: Instagram can now sell your photos for ads.”

Nina Garcia: I guess that no photo filter can hide what instagram’s new terms of use will mean for all of its users #fail.

Coco Rocha: As a model and more importantly as a human being I am horrified to read @instagram’s new policy. Please RT.

Sophia Bush: Um. Dear Facebook. It’s super twisted that you think it’s okay to screw over @instagram users.

Emma Roberts: I am so mad at Instagram!!!!!!! It was my happy place. I’m gonna delete. Sigh. Not until the new year though….

Michelle Branch: Bummer about Instagram. Where will I post all my food pics now!? Haha. #RIPInstagram

Rosario Dawson: Nice! Thanks! Gonna make sure my photos on Instagram are backed up & then switch to Tadaa! @Stop_Think_plz just created an account on tadaa!

Kal Penn: Sorry I gotta delete you, Instagram. I liked your filters.

Late on Tuesday, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom did damage-control, and put out a statement that read, “It is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos.”

“Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos,” he added. “Nothing about this has changed.”




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