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Brett Molina, USA TODAY
According to a post from Instagram's official blog, the changes will take affect starting Jan. 16. They also insist users will maintain the ability to control their photos how they choose, as well as who can view them.
"This means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for everyone by understanding how Instagram is used," reads Instagram's post on the policy changes.
In April, Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in a deal that was the company's largest ever. Since then, the photo-sharing service and its collection of nifty filters has expanded from mobile with a full website.
The privacy changes follow moves by Instagram to cut back access to Twitter, a potential Facebook competitor. Last week, Instagram revealed it was disabling photo sharing integration with Twitter, forcing users to visit Instagram's website to view images.
Last week, Facebook unveiled several privacy changes of its own, including opening up Timelines to public view, shortcuts for reviewing privacy settings and better explanations to users on where their content can be accessed. Most changes are expected to take place by the end of the year.