Instagram Ditches Controversial Plan To Sell User Data

Law360, New York (December 21, 2012, 5:38 PM ET) -- Facebook Inc.-owned photo-sharing service Instagram on Thursday abandoned plans to make changes to its terms of use that would have allowed it to sell pictures and other content uploaded by users to advertisers and other third parties, following backlash from consumers, privacy groups and lawmakers.

In a blog post, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom revealed that user feedback has convinced the company to drop changes unveiled Monday to the advertising section of its terms of use that would have permitted it to sell users' content to the...
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