Instagram has disabled links to Telegram and Snapchat, and users will no longer be able to post ‘add me’ or ‘follow me’ links to either of the two services on their Instagram profile page. The people at Telegram wasn’t too pleased with the development, and tweeted via the company’s official account, “Another @Facebook tentacle closes on users’ ability to share a link to their Telegram profile. #hypocrisy.” However, Instagram is still allowing other links like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube on its platform.
A spokesperson for Instagram told TechCrunch, “We've removed the ability to include 'add me' links on Instagram profile pages. This was a rare use-case, and not the way our platform was intended to be used. Other types of links are still allowed.” Instagram’s decision to block Telegram and Snapchat raises a few eyebrows as another Facebook-owned company, WhatsApp, started blocking links to Telegram web addresses last year. Telegram recently hit 100 million monthly active users, and is one of WhatsApp's biggest competitors, while Snapchat is one of the fastest growing photo-sharing platforms in the world. Telegram has even updated its app to include photo editing features.