Instagram Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Revised Terms of Service

Reuters reports Instagram’s new revised terms of service has spurred a class action lawsuit against the company by a California user:

Facebook’s Instagram photo sharing service has been hit with what appears to be the first civil lawsuit to result from changed service terms that prompted howls of protest last week.

In a proposed class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court on Friday, a California Instagram user leveled breach of contract and other claims against the company.

The lawsuit was filed by Finkelstein & Krinsk, a San Diego-based law firm, which reiterates users that don’t agree with Instagram can quit the service but will forfeit rights to photos that have been shared to the photo network. The lawsuit states “In short, Instagram declares that ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law and if you don’t like it, you can’t stop us,'”

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said “We believe this complaint is without merit and we will fight it vigorously.”

Instagram made the changes to its Terms of Service last week which spurred numerous users to quit the service. The company eventually buckled to the public outcry and revised part of the terms to their original wording a couple days later.

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  • BrodieTheDog

    Bravo ! I used to love Instagram. To bad Facebook had to get their greasy hands all over it.

  • anon

    Give it up to the idiots at Facebook to completely f’up what was once a good app.

  • This is ridiculous. It’s a free and optional service, and they’ve stated that you can remove your photos before January 16th and the new TOS will not apply to your photos. How on earth do they have a case? A lot of morons out there I guess.

  • susanl

    This just goes to show you that you should always read the TOS before hitting the ‘agree’ button. Kudos for CALS. Everything we do these days is digitized for all in perpetuity.