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Instagram API changes coming

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by Encomiast, May 11, 2016.

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  1. Encomiast

    Encomiast Newbie

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    Instagram has been in process of moving its public API to system that requires apps to go through an approval process in order to obtain a working API key. Existing API keys were allowed to continue working, but according to Instagram these will be move to sandbox mode (essentially disabled) starting in June unless they pass the review process. Instagram has stated they will only allow certain categories of apps and the review process so far has been quite strict with many reported denials from the review. Some apps like FL seem to use a private api that essentially spoofs a real user, but I imagine many apps will not be willing to do that. Commonly used apps like Crowdfire that people use to detect non-followers don't seem to fit in Instagram's stated categories (I don't know if they use the private API or have already been approved), which suggests it may become harder for casual users to detect follow/unfollow tactics. Does anyone here know how this will effect us? Should we be preparing for this, or is it a non-issue?
     
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    If you run a web page or mobile app which relies heavily on instagram API, you may have cause for concern.

    You must submit a valid use case when applying for permissions to use certain components of the Instagram API. In addition, we must record a screencast of the client app in action and send them the video in order to get permissions for that resource. (Likes, Comments, Basic info, etc)

    Apps which spoof users should still be able to run, as they don't hook into the API the same way web apps do. So the spoofing being done is of an android device, and therefore does not need API permissions.

    Hope this helps

    -SH
     
  3. Heisenberg

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    They are doing exactly what they did on facebook with different permissions needing approval.
    Its eventually gonna be like facebook publish_stream permission spam selling everywhere.
     
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    hope the bots will work further ....... the IG apps are mostly crap anyway ;)