Instagram restores third-party Windows Phone app photo uploads

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)-owned Instagram has restored support for photos snapped via third-party applications optimized for devices running Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone OS.

Earlier this week, Instance--a Windows Phone app supporting Instagram viewing and uploading functionality--said Instagram was deleting images uploaded by Instance users. Instagram appeared to be "detecting when photos are not uploading via the official app," Instance developer Daniel Gary told The Verge. "It's their servers, their service. What I was doing was not approved by them and was using their private API."

Instagram identified a recent update to its spam prevention and security protocols as the culprit behind Instance's hiccups. "As part of this [update], applications accessing Instagram against the terms of our API may be affected," Instagram said. "This update does not specifically target any particular app or platform."

Instagram tweaked its spam filter again on Wednesday, this time bringing back full imaging support for Windows Phone apps. The Verge notes that Facebook regularly overhauls its anti-spam mechanisms--but the publication pointed out that any subsequent changes could once again block access to services like Instance.

Facebook has resisted pleas from Windows Phone users and manufacturing partners to build an official version of Instagram optimized for the Microsoft platform. In March, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) rolled out #2InstaWithLove, a photo-sharing app built for its Windows Phone-based Lumia smartphone line. "Many of you have asked when Instagram will be coming to Windows Phone, and the #2InstaWithLove app was created as a way for you to have your voice heard," Nokia said at the time.

First introduced for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS in October 2010, Instagram enables users to snap, filter and manipulate photos and then upload their work to social media sites. The app expanded to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system in April 2012. Facebook acquired Instagram for $715 million last year and recently announced that the app boasts 130 million monthly users who have shared 16 billion photos.

For more:
- read this Verge article

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