Instagram changing privacy settings


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Instagram, the photo-sharing service bought by Facebook earlier this year, is changing its privacy policy to expand its ability to share user information with its parent company.

The changes were announced Monday on the official Instagram blog.

"This means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for everyone by understanding how Instagram is used," the blog explained.

However, one section of the new privacy policy had some Twitter users up in arms Monday.

"To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions," the policy reads, "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."

In other words, businesses like casinos and hotels can pay Instagram to use photos posted to the service in advertisements that will be displayed to people those users know.

Linking to an article on the subject in The Atlantic, Twitter user Kristina Wyckoff wrote, "I guess this is goodbye, @instagram. It was fun while it lasted, but I assure you: it's not me. It's you."

Another user, Leah C., recommended Instagram users revert to another photo-sharing service: "Seriously peeps, I know flickr became not a favorite a while ago, but you might want to check out their far less offensive TOS. #instagram."

However, the official Instagram blog maintained, "Nothing has changed about your photos' ownership or who can see them."

The new privacy policy will take effect on Jan. 16, 2013, according to the blog.

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