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Instagram disables deeplinks to Telegram and Snapchat

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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.

"You may choose, at your sole and absolute discretion and risk, to use applications that connect the Service or your profile on the Service with a third-party service (each, an “Application”) and such Application may interact with, connect to or gather and/or pull information from and to your Service profile. By using such Applications, you acknowledge and agree to the following: (i) if you use an Application to share information, you are consenting to information about your profile on the Service being shared; (ii) your use of an Application may cause personally identifying information to be publicly disclosed and/or associated with you, even if Instagram has not itself provided such information; and (iii) your use of an Application is at your own option and risk, and you will hold the Instagram Parties (defined below) harmless for activity related to the Application."-Instagram's Terms of Service

source: @telegram via TechCrunch

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posted on 03 Mar 2016, 22:41 7

1. GreenMan (Posts: 1787; Member since: 09 Nov 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!


posted on 04 Mar 2016, 01:17

2. Cyberchum (Posts: 729; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 01:17 1

3. Cyberchum (Posts: 729; Member since: 24 Oct 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.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 01:28

4. Cyberchum (Posts: 729; Member since: 24 Oct 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.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 02:03

6. fancollo (Posts: 130; Member since: 30 Dec 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!

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 06:13

7. Odeira (Posts: 275; Member since: 29 Jun 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...

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 11:11

8. Swordylove (Posts: 209; Member since: 27 Jun 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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