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Thousands of images promoting goods sold on Amazon and other shopping sites have been removed after a photo-sharing service changed its terms.
Ebay and Etsy have also been affected, in addition to many forums and blogs.
The problem has been caused by Photobucket introducing a charge for allowing images hosted on its platform to be embedded into third-party sites.
The company caught many of its members unaware with the change, prompting some to accuse it of holding them to ransom.
Denver-based Photobucket is now seeking a $399 (£309) annual fee from those who wish to continue using it for "third-party hosting" and is facing a social media backlash as a consequence.
The BBC received an automated response when it tried to contact the company and is still seeking comment.
This has to be one of the dumbest business decisions in the history of the internet. It's like if YouTube suddenly required YouTube Red to watch any embedded videos, but way worse because it breaks images in the ugliest way possible. I've seen a bunch of signatures on this forum and others just straight up broken because of this policy switch. Obviously it's the beginning of the end for Photobucket, so I guess the silver lining is that now consumers will know to leave their service, but I almost would have rather Photobucket just died rather than having them hold all our images for ransom in a desperate last ditch effort to make a quick buck.
I recommend that anyone who has a Photobucket account download their pictures and migrate any images that they use to another hosting service like imgur.
RIP Photobucket account, 2007-2017.