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Instagram to Use Members' Photos for Marketing Without Permission

| by Michael Allen

When Instagram’s new terms of use policy starts on January 16, 2013, the Facebook-owned company will use submitted photos, names and text for marketing purposes, without asking permission from users.

The new terms of use reads: “Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. 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."

Another addition to the terms of use states: “Instagram will not be liable for any use or disclosure of any content you provide.”

Other changes include “no porn” and “you must be 13 to use Instagram.”

There is no way to opt-out of the new terms of service, except by deleting Instagram photos and deactivating a user's account, which is what the hacktivist group 'Anonymous' is asking all Instagram members to do, reports RT.com.

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