Instagram Deleting Photos Uploaded Via Third-Party Windows Phone 8 App Instance

Third-party Windows Phone 8 application Instance has apparently run afoul of Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram’s policies, as Developer Daniel Gary told The Verge photos uploaded to Instagram via Instance are being deleted.

The Verge pointed out that Instagram has not released an app for Windows Phone 8, so users must resort to third-party apps like Instance, which was previously named Itsdagram before Gary was forced to change its name.

UPDATED: An Instagram spokesperson said in an email to AllFacebook:

We recently made an update to the systems that we use to fight spam to help prevent future attacks and increase security. As part of this, applications accessing Instagram against the terms of our API may also be affected. This update does not specifically target any particular app or platform.

The Verge ran a test, uploading photos to Instagram via Instance, and found that while it was able to successfully complete the operation, the photos disappeared “after just seconds,” and their URLs were broken.

Gary told The Verge he did not blame Instagram, adding:

(Instagram appears to be) detecting when photos are not uploading via the official app. It’s their servers, their service. What I was doing was not approved by them and was using their private API (application-programming interface).

He told The Verge Instance reverse-engineers Instagram’s API to upload photos, adding that he is working on a fix.

Readers: Are you surprised that there is no Instagram app for Windows Phone 8?

Related Stories
Mediabistro Course

Instagram Marketing

Instagram MarketingStarting October 27, learn how to gain likes and followers on one of the most popular social media platforms! In this course, you'll learn how to develop an Instagram strategy that will make your profile stand out and gain new followers, tell your brand's story through photos, and use your profile to drive your sales and business objectives. Register now!