Instagram Lawsuit Over Terms of Service Dismissed in Court

A judge in San Francisco has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against Instagram over an update to its terms of service. Prompted by consumers' fears that the company would sell their photos without compensation, California resident Lucy Rodriguez and the law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk filed suit against the photo-sharing service just before the new terms, which included an arbitration clause preventing users from participating in class action lawsuits except under limited circumstances, could go into effect.

A judge in San Francisco has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against Instagram over an update to its terms of service.

Prompted by consumers’ fears that the company would sell their photos without compensation, California resident Lucy Rodriguez and the law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk filed suit against the photo-sharing service just before the new terms, which included an arbitration clause preventing users from participating in class action lawsuits except under limited circumstances, could go into effect.

In its request to have the lawsuit thrown out, Instagram noted that Rodriguez could also have deleted her own account at this time.

Although Instagram has since reworded the agreement to reassure its 100 million subscribers that they own the copyrights to their photos, the Facebook-owned company will no longer have to defend these policies to the court.

US District Judge William Alsup dismissed the case on July 12 and denied the plaintiff’s request for leave to file a second amended complaint.