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Since Instagram is owned by Facebook and allows users access to their profiles on the Instagram site, the company has been less cozy with Twitter. In the latest move to distance itself from its former ally, Instagram has made it so that Twitter can no longer properly show Instagram photos without them being cropped.
In a post on its blog, Twitter told its users that some “are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter. Issues include cropped images.” The statement explained, “This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration, and as a result, photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience. So, when users click on Tweets with an Instagram link, photos appear cropped.”
The Twitter cards are used to allow users to display images on the Twitter site.
According to The Washington Post, Instagram Chief Executive and co-founder Kevin Systrom released a statement confirming that it has made changes to how users can connect the two services.
“A handful of months ago, we supported Twitter cards because we had a minimal Web presence,” Systrom explained. “We’ve since launched several improvements to our Web site that allow users to directly engage with Instagram content through likes, comments, hashtags, and now we believe the best experience is for us to link back to where the content lives.”
Systrom added, “We will continue to evaluate how to improve the experience with Twitter and Instagram photos.”
When Facebook purchased Instagram back in April for $1 billion, many users wondered how it would affect the company’s relationship with Twitter. Instagram also recently launched profiles on its website, which were previously only available through the mobile app. For example, here is Lady Gaga’s official Instagram page.
At the time, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had acknowledged that Instagram’s integration with other sites was “an important part of the experience.”
According to The New York Times, Instagram integration with Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr and other sites have not been effected.
Over 30 million people use Instagram’s mobile app.