After WhatsApp, Instagram now blocks Telegram
Given that Twitter and Instagram are often closely interlinked, and that users who post something on Instagram have direct links to share their posts to Facebook and Twitter, the company can perhaps be forgiven for overlooking that social networking website. This was a rare use-case, and not the way our platform was meant to be used. "Other types of links are still allowed", Instagram spokesman told TechCrunch.
The "other type of links" that the spokesperson mentioned in the statement could be the links to your YouTube channel or a blog. The new change emerges months after WhatsApp blocked Telegram links. Facebook-owned Instagram has now blocked links of users' profiles for private messaging app Telegram and its photo sharing competitor Snapchat.
Instagram is no longer allowing users to deep link to certain social media and messaging sites, including Snapchat and Telegram. Last November, Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp started blocking links to Telegram. Update: On this he confirms: "We don't count bots as active users".
Like in (the) case with WhatsApp blocking links to Telegram, we received no clarification or warning from Facebook/Instagram. The service also includes third-party content that we do not control, maintain or endorse. Instagram's intention, it seems, is to prevent people from using their Instagram profile to directly gain followers on outside services.
Users can still share their Instagram posts to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
Telegram also has an in-app photo editor which lets users crop, rotate, edit and auto-enhance photos before sending them.
TechCrunch reported that Instagram confirmed the move.
Telegram, for its part, is also growing steadily. At the time that Telegram announced this capability, it was sharing 35 million pictures a day compared to Instagram's 70 million.