[QODLink]
Americas

Facebook defends Instagram in civil lawsuit

Social networking site says that California lawsuit against its photo sharing service is "without merit".
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2012 14:46
Changes in its privacy policy included wording which suggested it could sell user photos to advertisers [EPA]

Facebook is vowing to defend Instagram, its photo-sharing-service, which is facing a civil lawsuit for changing its terms of service and breaching its contract with users. 

The social networking website defended the popular photo application, saying the complaint was “without merit”.

A class-action lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco federal court last week, calling on the court to bar Instagram from changing its rules.

“Instagram is taking its customers property rights while insulating itself from all liability,” said the law firm which also demanded the service to pay its legal fees.

“In short, Instagram declares that 'possession is nine tenths of the law and if you don’t like it, you can’t stop us,’” the law firm added.

Changes to the Instagram privacy policy and terms of service had included wording that allowed for people's pictures to be used by advertisers at Instagram or Facebook, without any remuneration to the user.

The lawsuit comes less than a week after Kevin Systrom, Instagram CEO, released a statement which backed off from the proposed changes which were due to come into effect in January.

“I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling you photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos, you do,” said the statement.

Tens of thousands of Instagram users in the state of California are eligible to join the class action lawsuit.

229

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A handful of agencies that provide tours to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea say business is growing.
A political power struggle masquerading as religious strife grips Nigeria - with mixed-faith couples paying the price.
The current surge in undocumented child migrants from Central America has galvanized US anti-immigration groups.
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
Marginalised and jobless, desperate young men in Nairobi slums provide fertile ground for al-Shabab.
join our mailing list