Twitter revokes Instagram's access to Find Your Friends API

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Twitter has disabled photo-sharing application Instagram's access to its Find Your Friends feature, although the Twitter API remains available to other social networking apps.

With the Thursday release of the updated Instagram 2.5.1, users who attempt to access Find Your Friends to discover contacts are pushed an error message stating "Unable to Find Friends. Twitter no longer allows its users to access this information in Instagram via the Twitter API. We apologize for any inconvenience."

The block on Instagram appears to be an isolated incident: TechCrunch reports that apps including foursquare and The Fancy maintain access to the Find Your Friends API. CNet notes that last month, Twitter tightened its API restrictions to stop LinkedIn users from publishing tweets to their profiles on the professional networking platform, although consumers can still publish updates from LinkedIn to their Twitter feeds.

The reasons behind Twitter's decision are unclear, although some onlookers speculate Instagram's size could be at issue: The photo-sharing platform now boasts 80 million users, posing a massive strain on Twitter data traffic. Others blame Twitter's rivalry with Facebook, which in April acquired Instagram for $1 billion. A Twitter spokesperson told CNet: "We understand that there's great value associated with Twitter's follow graph data, and we can confirm that it is no longer available within Instagram."

First introduced in October 2010 for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS platform, Instagram enables users to snap, filter and manipulate photos, upload their work to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and foursquare, and post likes and comments. Users have now shared nearly 4 billion photos in all.

For more:
- Read this TechCrunch article
- Read this CNet article

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