Stars Blast Instagram For New Policy Allowing It to Sell Users’ Photos


By Michael Lewittes


Celebrities are taking to Twitter to react to Instagram’s new Terms of Service, which says the company can use posted photos in advertisements without notifying or compensating the user.

A number of stars are outraged about the new policy, a result of Facebook’s recent acquisition of the photo-sharing application, and have vowed to cancel their accounts.

Instagram’s new Terms of Service are set to go into effect on January 16, 2013.

Check out the reactions here:

Olivia Wilde: Facebook, aka weird kid brother who steals all our shit, get out of our Instagram! You ruined the party. I hate you.

Anderson Cooper: #Instagram will now be able to use anyone’s photos in ads? Without consent? Come on! Is there another photo app people recommend?

Khloe Kardashian: Wow…I just read over Instagram’s new policy…so sad, looks like I might be deleting my instagram after Jan 16. I hope something changes.

Kate Walsh: No more Instagram.

Tiffani Thiessen: Really sad to have to end my luv 4 @instagram. Will be deleting my account due 2 their ridiculous new terms.

Haylie Duff: I think this is so wrong. Guess it will be byebye to Instagram for me in 2013.

Cheryl Burke: Can’t believe Instagrams new policy! They r allowed 2 use ALL of ur images in advertising. Will be erasing my account shortly.

Mia Farrow: Trust me, deleting your Instagram account is satisfying #itsthelittlethings.


Cory Monteith: they’re gonna sell my air vent?!?!? “@CNNMoney: Instagram can now sell your photos for ads.”

Nina Garcia: I guess that no photo filter can hide what instagram’s new terms of use will mean for all of its users #fail.

Coco Rocha: As a model and more importantly as a human being I am horrified to read @instagram’s new policy. Please RT.

Sophia Bush: Um. Dear Facebook. It’s super twisted that you think it’s okay to screw over @instagram users.

Seth Green: For anyone following me on Instagram @53th_6r33n I may be deleting due to their new TOS.

Jamie Bell: For anyone who cares for copyright over their own images & photographs, get off of Instagram now.

Andy Cohen: I guess it’s time to [quit] @instagram right?

Kylie Jenner: Might be deleting my Instagram if these [policies] go through.

Emma Roberts: I am so mad at Instagram!!!!!!! It was my happy place. I’m gonna delete. Sigh. Not until the new year though….

Michelle Branch: Bummer about Instagram. Where will I post all my food pics now!? Haha. #RIPInstagram

Jordin Sparks: YIKES! Bye instagram.

Kevin Hart: So I guess this means that I’m done with Instagram…’s been real people!!! #DontWhoreMeOut

Colin Hanks: This is the best tweet about Instagram RT “@MrJoshCharles #instasuckit

Rosario Dawson: Nice! Thanks! Gonna make sure my photos on Instagram are backed up & then switch to Tadaa! @Stop_Think_plz just created an account on tadaa!

Kal Penn: Sorry I gotta delete you, Instagram. I liked your filters.

Late on Tuesday, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom did damage-control, and put out a statement that read, “It is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos.”

“Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos,” he added. “Nothing about this has changed.”

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