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Instagram says users' photos won't appear in ads

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Instagram says it will revise a planned update to its service agreement after confusion about its intent led to widespread user complaints.

At issue is whether users' photos can be part of advertisements, on and off Instagram. The mobile photo-sharing company said in a blog post Tuesday that it has no plans to put users' photos in advertisements.

That said, Instagram maintains that it was created to become a business and would like to experiment with various forms of advertisements to make money.

The new policy will take effect Jan. 16.

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The popular photo sharing app Instagram is taking a lot of heat for recent changes to its user agreement.

The new terms give Instagram the right to sell user photos to advertisers.

The user will keep the ownership of the photo but will not see any money for the use in the ad.

The fact that the person that took the photo will not see a dime has caused a outrage on social media Tuesday.

The new terms are set to go into effect January 16th. Users can either delete their account before then, or notify Instagram in writing via "snail mail" that they want to opt out.

Read more about it here.

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