Instrgram users outraged by terms of service change, photos may be used in ads

Popular photo sharing site Instagram is the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites. A change in its user agreement hints that it might use shared photos in ads.

It's not clear that anything substantive changed in Instagram's new terms of service, posted Monday and going into effect Jan. 16. It is still the case that the service reserves the right to use shared photos in any matter it likes, though the photographers keep "ownership" of the photos.

The updated terms of service say users agree that their photos could be used "in connection with paid or sponsored content." The current terms say the service can place ads "on, about or in conjunction with your Content."

The fast-growing site is a popular way to share photos from cellphones. Facebook bought Instagram in September. The cash-and-stock deal was worth $1 billion when it was announced in April, though that fell to about $740 million by the time it was completed because of Facebook's falling stock price.