Instagram disables deeplinks to Telegram and Snapchat

Instagram disables deeplinks to Telegram and Snapchat
Complaining that Instagram wasn't designed with such links in mind, the picture-sharing app will no longer allow users to post "add me" or "follow me" deeplinks to their profile page if they link back to Telegram or Snapchat. In a statement, Instagram says that "other types of links" will still work including those to celebrities' blogs, YouTube videos, iTunes pages and more.

A tweet disseminated earlier today by Telegram blamed Instagram's owner Facebook for taking what it obviously feels is a hypocritical action. Pavel Durov, the messaging app's founder, pointed out that links to LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, VK and Periscope still work. Durov noted that this isn't the first time that links to Telegram have been blocked by a Facebook owned property. "Like in [the] case with WhatsApp blocking links to Telegram, we received no clarification or warning from Facebook/Instagram."

Telegram has been growing rapidly and also offers an in-app photo editing feature. At the time that Telegram announced this capability, it was sharing 35 million pictures a day compared to Instagram's 70 million. Regardless of whether that gap has since increased, dropped, or stayed the same, it seems that Instagram does feel threatened.

source: @telegram via TechCrunch



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Yawn, well... Fascinating, eh? Naught! Just what exactly do you except from Fascist Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg... You know, The Facebook Guy, is THE MAN! And like every other MAN, let it be your school principle or your office boss or the head of board of directors... He can do whatever s**te he fancies... So, this all isn't very surprising! G'Day!

2. Cyberchum

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Please don't get all emotional now, I dunno how to handle a crybaby.

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

They are free to make or tweak their policies, which I see myself and a lot of business oriented setups doing. That being said, is it just Telegram and snapchat? Any word on what happens when you try to add a link to—their very own—Facebook? Or is that allowed, which if it is would be anti-competitive and plainly unfair.

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And hey! I read his claim that links to social communities like Facebook and Twitter still works, so, don't come at me. I was simply asking for a confirmation, because, you know, a claim is a claim.

6. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

i'm using telegram since the beginning and have never gone back to anything else. and seeing that facebook feels threatened by telegram, i'm even more happy using telegram!

7. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Yeah, literally NO ONE I know of uses Telegram, but Snapchat may pose a problem. I'm just happy they kept Tumblr blogs untouched...

8. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Facebook is afraid that Telegram will overtake WhatsApp in popularity, and their expensive takeover of WhatsApp will be in vain XD Also, Mr Durov. Please don't sell your app to any tycoon out there.

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