Instagram is blocking the use of “add me” links to messaging platforms including Snapchat and Telegram on users’ profile pages.
We’ve removed the ability to include “add me” links on Instagram profile pages. This was a rare use-case, and not the way our platform was intended to be used. Other types of links are still allowed.
Telegram is no stranger to this sort of behavior by Facebook-owned applications, as links to Telegram on WhatsApp have been appearing as plain text since November, not allowing WhatsApp users to click through.
Telegram founder Pavel Durov said in a message to TechCrunch that deep-linking to other social networks–including LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, VK and Periscope—is still functional, adding:
It seems Instagram started to block links to Telegram accounts and channels (like https://telegram.me/durov) from their website section (i.e., the only place on Instagram where you can have clickable links).
Like in (the) case with WhatsApp blocking links to Telegram, we received no clarification or warning from Facebook/Instagram.
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Screenshot of Pavel Durov’s Instagram website section courtesy of TechCrunch.