The Telegram messenger, founded by a former CEO of “Vkontakte” Pavel Durov, announced that Facebook-owned service Instagram has started to block links to Telegram.
Messenger posted on Twitter a screenshot of that Instagram does not allow the user to add a profile link to your account in the Telegram, explaining that does not support linking with suggestions to add users to the third-party services. As can be seen from the images, the users will still have the opportunity to indicate in their profiles, links to accounts in social networks Twitter and LinkedIn.
“Another tentacle Facebook covers users the ability to share links to your profiles on Telegram”, — stated in the message Telegram, which retinol Pavel Durov. In late November, Durov said that the messenger WhatsApp, also owned by Facebook, started to block links to in version Telegram for Android devices, which, according to him, is used by 80% of users of WhatsApp.
“As is the case with blocking links on Telegram to WhatsApp, we have not received any explanation or warning from Facebook and Instagram,” said Durov to the website TechCrunch. He noted that the version of WhatsApp for Android still blocks links to Telegram.
The official Instagram representative confirmed to the publication that the service removed the ability to add profile links, clicking on which, users can add each other in the third-party services. TechCrunch notes that Instagram blocks links not only to your Telegram, but also on the profiles in the messenger Snapchat.
Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion In 2014 the social network has acquired WhatsApp messenger for $19 billion In 2013, The Wall Street Journal citing sources reported that Facebook was willing to buy Snapchat for $3 billion, but the messenger founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy turned down the offer.
Pavel Durov launched Telegram in 2013. In February 2016 Telegram reported that the number of monthly active users of messenger app has reached 100 million.