Instagram blocks links to Snapchat and Telegram

CALIFORNIA: Snapchat and Telegram have found themselves blacklisted from Facebook’s Instagram service, just weeks after Telegram also reported minor censorship among users of WhatsApp messenger. Instagram users who try to set their profile URL to link to either a Telegram or Snapchat page find themselves warned instead that ‘Links asking someone to add you on another service aren’t supported on Instagram’. Facebook says, “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.” In other words, the links to Telegram and Snapchat that are blocked are more single-purpose than most other networks.