Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Instagram

Posted Dec 25, 2012

Instagram has been hit with a class action lawsuit in a San Francisco federal court. When Instagram changed their terms of service earlier this month, the company said that they would have the right to use your photos for advertisements. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said that they had no intention to sell ads against the photos. He hinted that the company will likely monetize by placing relevant brand ads in the News Feed.

A California Instagram user name Lucy Funes claimed Instagram breached their contract.  She filed the lawsuit on behalf of herself and others that were affected.  The lawsuit was filed this past Friday.

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

Before the lawsuit was filed, Instagram said that they intended on changing the language in the terms of service to fix the situation.  National Geographic temporarily stopped posting to their account because of the change in the terms of service.