Instagram now blocking links to Telegram and Snapchat

by: Kris CarlonMarch 4, 2016
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Instagram link blocking

Remember last year when WhatsApp started blocking links to messaging rival Telegram? Well, Facebook HQ is spreading the love – or hate, as the case may be – with Instagram now blocking links to Telegram too, along with Snapchat. Facebook seems to be on an unfriending binge, not so subtly trying to stop users from using competing services.

The latest snub comes in the bio section of Instagram, where you can place links to other sites and services you frequent on the internet. As Tech Crunch first noted, Telegram and Snapchat links can no longer be added to the section. According to an Instagram spokesman, it’s because Instagram “has removed the ability to include ‘add me’ links to profiles” although Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Periscope and YouTube channel links are still accepted.

Instagram blocking Telegram and Snapchat links

This sounds more like a cheap excuse for blocking competing messaging services rather than some pseudo-official tidying up of the platform to stop ‘add me’ links. Considering the highly selective nature of the link blocking, Telegram founder Pavel Durov’s persecution complex seems pretty legit. Like they say, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not really after you.

After all, Telegram recently surpassed 100 million active monthly suers, no small feat and one that was kick started following one of the many WhatsApp hacks in recent years. Telegram became the default go-to service for the mass exodus from WhatsApp and its end-to-end encryption has made it increasingly popular in this post-Snowden world.

It will be interesting to see if any other social platform links get blocked in the coming weeks and months. Facebook and its various properties can, of course, choose to allow or block any links it so chooses, but moves like this feel a little like fighting dirty. If Telegram is increasingly stepping on WhatsApp’s and Messenger’s turf, perhaps Facebook should take a look at the reasons why and try to improve its own services rather than cheekily try to block users linking to competing platforms.

What do you think of this move? Share your thoughts on Telegram below.

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  • Diego Opazo SV-Cross

    Jerks.

  • Alex El Pillo Cisneros

    Why man??? That sucks!!!

  • josuearisty

    Mmm they are really playing dirty!

  • permazorch

    Bad news, everyone!

  • Anon

    america is becoming communist

  • Armaan Modi

    Maybe they hate Telegram because Telegram’s design is inspired by WhatsApp!And also,Telegram was saying that its better than WhatsApp…

  • adevx5

    To me this shows they are afraid, very afraid. And they probably should. Telegram is so much better. Especially when you live in a multiplatform world.

  • Ryan Cavitt

    Dang, After all, Telegram recently surpassed 100 million active monthly suers. How are they still afloat?

    • Roflsome

      Seems they’re winning all of the trials.

  • Andreas

    it is exactely stuff like this that want more people to move over to telegram.

  • Adithya Raman

    Hope they block links to insta on Twitter. Twitter had an option to add photos too. They should use it.

  • RiTCHiE

    This is why i hate FaceBook and that gaylord suckaberg.

  • Swordylove

    “What do you think of this move? Share your thoughts on Telegram below.” [INSTALL TELEGRAM]
    LMAO good one XD

  • I do not use any service linked to FB anymore, and I am a happier person now.