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Instagram Deleting Photos From Instance on Windows Phone

by Jacob Kleinman | July 30, 2013July 30, 2013 8:00 am PST


Windows Phone 8 may not have direct access to Instagram–as well as a number of popular apps–but a number of unofficial third party apps have emerged to fill the void. Among those third party apps is Instance, which was developed by Daniel Gary to subvert Instagram’s coding and let Windows Phone users upload and view photos on the Facebook-owned service. Unfortunately for both Gary and the app’s users, Instagram has started deleting photos uploaded through Instance and blocking earlier uploads so no one can see them.

Gary first noticed the change late last night, quickly tweeting out a warning that Instagram appeared to be tracking third-party Windows Phone uploads and promptly deleting them. He later confirmed that Instagram was tracking all photos uploaded to its servers by unofficial apps, meaning other third party options could be at risk as well. For now, Instagraph and Hipstamatic Oggl are still working, but there’s no guarantee they won’t be blocked in the near future.

Instagram may have every right to block third-party apps from uploading photos onto its servers, but the real question is why the service still refuses to roll out a Windows Phone application. Considering that Facebook owns Instagram and Microsoft has invested heavily in the social media giant you would think it would be a no brainer, but apparently a 1.6 percent stake in the company (at a value of $1.36 billion) isn’t enough to buy any real influence.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...