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Instagram starts auto-deleting photos uploaded by Windows Phone client Instance


News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday July 30, 2013.

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The lack of an official Instagram Windows Phone app has been in a thorn in the side of many Nokia Lumia fans, but third-party app Instance has attempted to fill in that gap by using a workaround to upload photos to Instagram. Those photos are now being deleted without prejudice.

Yesterday, numerous Instance users reported being unable to log into the app. The issue resolved itself a short while later, but then users began noticing that their photos would upload to Instagram and then be deleted. All About Windows Phone then reported that Instance app creator Daniel Gary confirmed that something was causing all photos uploaded by the app to disappear a short time after uploading. Gary has yet to figure out how to combat the problem, which leaves Instance users able to post photos to Instagram but not have those photos remain on the photo-sharing app's servers for long.

Instance has been available for a few weeks as the highest-rated method for uploading photos to Instagram from Windows Phone. The app does not have permission to access Instagram's write API necessary to post photos to Instagram, so it was only a matter of time before things caught up with the app. Gary does not blame Instagram or Facebook for preventing access because he says, "It's their service and they have very right to hold the keys. I'm just trying to pick the lock." Barring the discovery of a new way to mask Instance uploads, those locks will remain shut.

UPDATE: Instagram has responded to the issue and sent us the following statement through a spokesperson:

"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 app or platform."

source: All About Windows Phone

 
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