Photobucket, the popular image and videos hosting website, quietly made changes to its policy last month and is now facing backlash for doing so. Apparently, the company now implied a fee of $400 per year for users to host Photobucket images on a third-party website. Until now the company had kept the services free and the sudden policy change is now described as ‘ransom’ demand by some of its customers.
The new policy changes came into light after a bunch of product images hosted on Amazon turned into broken links demanding for “ransom” to be viewed properly. Not only Amazon, but other e-commerce platforms such as eBay, Etsy, and others. As per policy updates notified by Photobucket in a June 26 blog, asking members to sign up for one of the competitive subscription plans outlined by the company.
The change has not gone well with many Photobucket users and they took it social media expressing their concerns. Photobucket, which reportedly have over 100 million members and around 15 billion of images hosted currently, has not yet come with a response. The company has reportedly been facing quite a backlash for it and here’s how users reacted. ALSO READ: Alibaba launches Tmall Genie smart home speaker, takes on Amazon Echo, Google Home
On the other side, Photobucket’ competitors seem to be getting benefits as users look forward to migrating to other free image and video hosting services.