After the sudden scandal concerning Facebook and its data usage, Instagram decided it was time to take some strict measures to protect its users’ personal information. Throughout this weekend, many developers of third party apps that collaborate with Instagram have noticed something strange. The platform had restricted their access to user personal data to certain extents.
Instagram limited the access to user data
In light of the new Facebook scandal, Instagram thought it was time to distance itself from it and protect its users. As a result, some of its third party apps have had their access to user data reduced to various degrees. Some of them even observed how this access was cut by 96 percent. Here is how this has happened.
These third party apps came to the help of certain Instagram pages. They collected data on users, and then offered the pages information on their followers. The place where they extracted all this data from was an API (application program interface).
Before the new regulation, third party developers could pull data from the API for about 5,000 times per hour. Now, the average rate dropped to 200 times per hour for the lucky apps. Some have had their access restricted completely.
The third party apps weren’t so happy about this sudden change
Those who noticed this change were the developers of the third party apps. Instagram made no official announcement of the new data policy, which left several of them outraged of the new situation. Also, some of them even decided to end their collaboration with Instagram.
The platform thought this change was necessary, as it didn’t want to follow the example of its parent company Facebook. The social media giant proved it wasn’t too good at handling the data of its users. As a result, the private information of 50 million users got in the hands of a consultancy company that deals with political issues. Therefore, Facebook decided to end some of its collaborations with third party apps.
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