Third-Party Apps Losing Access to Instagram’s Feed

Instagram is overhauling its platform for developers, and one of its changes is the elimination of the feed application-programming interface, which allows third-party apps to access its feed.

Instagram is overhauling its platform for developers, and one of its changes is the elimination of the feed application-programming interface, which allows third-party apps to access its feed.

The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network detailed its platform update in a blog post, also revealing a new review process for third-party apps and a sandbox mode for developers to build and test their apps during the review process.

Instagram said it will begin reviewing both existing and new apps Dec. 3, and existing apps must submit by June 1.

As for the feed API, Instagram said the move was made because users felt that it was unclear where their content was being shared and viewed, adding that access to the endpoints will be terminated at the end of the review period.

The Instagram developer blog post read:

We’ve updated our platform policy to explicitly list the use cases we will support moving forward. These include apps and services that:

  • Help individuals share their own content with third-party apps, such as apps that let you print your photos and import an Instagram photo as a profile picture.
  • Help brands and advertisers understand and manage their audience, develop their content strategy and get digital rights to media. Established apps in this space may apply for our newly announced Instagram Partner Program.
  • Help broadcasters and publishers discover content, get digital rights to media and share media using Web embeds.

You can read the full terms here.

Our goal is to provide a focused set of terms and processes that give clarity to the use cases we will support going forward. While this may require changes from many of you, we believe these changes will help maintain control for the community and provide a clear roadmap for developers.

To learn more and begin the permissions review process, visit https://instagram.com/developer/.

TechCrunch reported that affected third-party apps include Retro, Flow for Instagram, Padgram and Pictacular for iPad, and Webbygram, Webstagram, Instagreat and Instance for desktop.

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