Why Flickr will limit free accounts to 1000 photos

Beginning January 8, 2019, Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos.

Photo sharing site, Flickr, plans to delete millions of user images in line with their new policy to limit all free accounts to no more 1,000 images beginning 5 February 2019.
Andrew Stadlen, Vice President of Flickr says this is aimed at refocusing the service around photography enthusiasts, reducing reliance on advertising, and making Flickr more sustainable.
“Free accounts will soon be limited to 1,000 photos or videos. Flickr isn’t Flickr without the contributions and participation of our free members, and we remain committed to a vibrant free offering,” announced.
“The free terabyte largely attracted members who were drawn by the free storage, not by engagement with other lovers of photography,” said Andrew Stadlen, Vice President of Flickr.
However, Flicker says users can opt to sign up for a Pro account (US$49.99, and 30% off first year if you sign up before 30/11/18) which offers unlimited storage along with a number of other benefits including partner discounts with companies such as Adobe, SmugMug, and Peak Design.
Flickr stated: “Flickr has long offered a free plan to photographers, and we remain committed to a vibrant free offering. Free accounts will now be for a member’s 1,000 best photos or videos, regardless of size.”
The company was formerly owned by Yahoo, users who have a free account will lose its access permanently. In 2018, a photography company SmugMug bought it.