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The developers of an app that calls Instagram without ads say that Facebook and Instagram blocked the personal accounts of their employees, instead of creating a better version of Instagram.
A spokesperson for the OG App told Mainboard that because the group’s personal accounts weren’t linked to the app, they believe a Meta employee looked up their identities on Google to get around the ban. . “This is a serious abuse of their power and it’s very costly because we built Instagram into something that people really want to use,” the OG App said in an email to the Main Board.
“Meta wants to take extraordinary measures to suppress and block us because our users were right,” said a spokesperson for the OG App inwet.
The app promises users “the OG Instagram experience,” it says its websiteand features such as custom feeds and downloadable feeds and ads.
Apple removed the app from its App Store on September 27; Google also removed the app from Google Play after Apple removed it.
A spokesperson for Meta told Mainboard in an emailed statement, “This app violates our policies and we are taking appropriate corrective action” and linked to a blog post titled, “How We Work to Protect People from Clone Sites.” The spokesperson did not comment on social media bans.
The creators of the OG App say that there are several stages of evaluation with Apple before the launch, including a three-month private beta test through Apple’s TestFlight program. The OG App said they had made several changes requested by Apple, and the app was later approved.
The app received 10,000 downloads in eight hours and was ranked 50th on the App Store for the Social Network before it was taken down, according to the company. A spokesperson for the OG App told Mainboard that when they asked for clarification on the app’s removal through Apple’s developer portal, they said they had to submit a confirmation from Instagram showing that they have “rights or consent to request, display or share account information.” in the app.
“Everyone knows that Instagram is bad. We did it better and got a lot of love from the users. But Facebook really hates its own users, it likes to crush a different type that is given to and they have a non-existent Instagram,” said the spokesperson for the OG App.
The wrong company has launched waiting list on its website, it currently has more than 800 people work to reconnect the App Store.
Instagram has fallen inspection in recent months for features including Sponsored Videos, sponsored posts and targeted ads. In June, the CEO of Instagram Adam Mosseri agreed that the app is “not good” after Kim Kardashian criticized the app.
Ansh Nanda and Hardik Patil, founders of The OG App, spoke Techcrunch in September Instagram has “the most toxic relationship” with its users, and wants to create an app that puts users first as opposed to advertisers.
“Users have the right to control what they eat, and OG will continue to protect and fight for that right,” The OG App told Mainboard.