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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Breaking Up With Instagram? These Five Photo Editing Apps Want to Be Your Rebound

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 6:30 AM

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Well, we hoped it wouldn't happen but we knew deep down that it would -- Facebook appears to be ruining Instagram. When the popular photo editing and sharing service was sold to Facebook for a whopping $1 billion earlier this year, we worried that their privacy policy might change for the worse. Sure enough, Instagram announced their new Terms of Service this week, and it included the unfortunate news that the company can now sell your photos, name, and other personal data to advertisers, without notifying you. There's no way to opt out of the policy, which goes into effect on January 16, 2013, except to delete your account. If you haven't done so by the January deadline, all your photos and personal information will become fair game.

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Unsurprisingly, Instagram users haven't taken the news well. But it's not clear how many of them will go so far as to delete their accounts. Facebook's privacy policy has been similarly creepy for quite a while, yet the site still retains over 100 million users. And Instagram's fun photo filters have proved more addictive than other forms of social media -- Mashable reports that, in August, Instagram surpassed Twitter's daily mobile users, boasting 7.3 million daily users to Twitter's 6.9 million.

For users who don't want their pictures sold, there are quite a few options. One is to hold out and hope Instagram revises the Terms of Service before January 16. The company has indicated that they may make revisions -- in a blog post released earlier today, co-founder Kevin Systrom backpedaled on the new policy, stating, "It was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: It is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear."

If Instagram doesn't alter the policy, users can remove their photos and profiles (Wired has a tutorial on how to do so). Users who choose to abandon the service will be greeted by a host of other photo editing and sharing apps. Here are five we recommend.

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