Instagram facing PR firestorm over policy change

The photo-sharing app says it can now sell its users’ photos, sparking outrage on social media. Instagrammers are allegedly shuttering their accounts by the thousands.

Should you get paid?

That question is the crux of Facebook-owned Instagram’s new privacy policy update, which includes this bit that’s sparked outrage among fans of the photo-sharing app:

The new policy takes effect on Jan. 16, 2013.

Although the change will likely affect a scant few, it has angered thousands of Instagram users—fueled in part by heavily retweeted headlines such as this one from CNet: “Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos”—who are allegedly shuttering their accounts by the thousands.

The New York Times captured their indignation in a blog post on Monday, saying:

Meanwhile, Fox News said the change could spell the end of Instagram.

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