Instagram has been hit with a class-action lawsuit following its decision to change its terms of service.
Earlier this month, the Facebook-owned photo sharing company caused an outcry when it appeared to award itself rights over all the photos posted by its users – along with the right to sell them to third parties.
It’s backtracked – to a certain degree – since then.
However, this isn’t enough for Lucy Funes of San Diego. In a lawsuit filed with the San Francisco District Court, Instagram is accused of making a “grab for customer property rights.”
“The New Terms transfer valuable property rights to Instagram while simultaneously relieving Instagram from any liability for commercially exploiting customers’ photographs and artistic content, while shielding Instagram from legal liability,” the suit reads.
It points out that, while users can quit Instagram if they don’t like the new terms, they then can’t retrieve their pictures, which remain Instagram’s property.