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Instagram is very determined to keep Windows Phone users away [updated]

Updated 10 years ago
Instagram Windows Phone Pictures Deleted
Image: Instagram

It seems that Facebook really doesn’t want Windows Phone users uploading photos onto Instagram. The Verge reports that Facebook seems to be deleting all Instagram photos uploaded through Instance, a third-party app that lets Windows Phone users put their pictures on the popular photo-sharing network. Although Instance users can upload their pictures to Instagram, The Verge says that “after just seconds, the photos disappear from an Instagram account and the URLs to access them no longer work.” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom recently said that Instagram wouldn’t be coming to Windows Phone or BlackBerry “anytime soon” and the company appears very determined to keep unauthorized platforms from enjoying its services.

UPDATE: An Instagram spokesperson tells The Verge that the company “recently made an update to the systems that we use to fight spam to help prevent future attacks and increase security,” which likely explains why pictures uploaded from third-party apps are vanishing. Instagram also emails in to say that the new update does not target any specific platform.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.