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

By David Cohen 

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?