Instagram API Platform Changes

Letter 2 – 05.04.2018

To continuously improve Instagram users‘ privacy and security, we are accelerating the deprecation of Instagram API Platform, making the following changes effective immediately. We understand that this may affect your business or services, and we appreciate your support in keeping our platform secure.

The following capabilities will be disabled immediately (previously set for July 31, 2018 or December 11, 2018 deprecation):

  • Follower List – to read the list of followers and followed-by users
  • Relationships – to follow and unfollow accounts on a user’s behalf
  • Commenting on Public Content – to post and delete comments on a user’s behalf on public media
  • Likes – to like and unlike media on a user’s behalf
  • Subscriptions – to receive notifications when media is posted
  • Users Information – to search for and view users‘ public content
  • Some information on Public Content returned through hashtag and location search – Name, Bio, Comments, Commenters, Follower Count, Following Count, Post Count, and Profile Picture

The following will be deprecated according to the timeline we shared previously:

  • Public Content – all remaining capabilities to read public media on a user’s behalf on December 11, 2018
  • Basic – to read a user’s own profile info and media in early 2020

Additional resources for your reference:

Thanks,

The Instagram Platform Team

Letter 1 – 30.01.2018

Hi Instagram Developer,

We wanted to inform you of upcoming API changes that affect Instagram’s two public APIs. Starting July 31, 2018 we will begin deprecating the older Instagram API Platform with complete deprecation occurring by early 2020 – please see a detailed timeline below. We understand that this may affect your business or services so we want to ensure a smooth transition by informing you of these changes.

If your application supports Instagram business profile users, we encourage you to begin building on the Instagram Graph API (launched to all developers in August 2017) if you have not done so already. We are excited to share that, starting on 1/30, two new features are available to all developers on the Instagram Graph API – more details below.

Instagram API Platform: Full Deprecation Schedule

The following will be deprecated on July 31, 2018:

  • Follower List – to read the list of followers and followed-by users
  • Relationships – to follow and unfollow accounts on a user’s behalf
  • Commenting on Public Content – to post and delete comments on a user’s behalf on public media

The following will be deprecated on December 11, 2018:

  • Commenting – to post and delete comments on a user’s behalf on owned media
  • Public Content – to read any public profile info and media on a user’s behalf
  • Likes – to like and unlike media on a user’s behalf
  • Subscriptions – to receive notifications when media is posted

The following will be deprecated in early 2020:

  • Basic – to read a user’s profile info and media

Instagram Graph API: Launches

The following features are now available for Instagram business profiles to all developers:

  1. Business Discovery [NEW] – Discover and read the profile info and media of other business profiles.
  2. Mentions [NEW] – Read public media that a business has been photo tagged or @mentioned in. Post comments on a business‘ behalf on media it was tagged or mentioned in.
  3. Insights – Help businesses access and analyze valuable metrics about their Instagram business profile. Enable them to understand and optimize the performance of their organic content on Instagram.
  4. Comment Moderation – Drive interactions at scale. Enable businesses to more efficiently interact with their audience through comments under their media on Instagram.
  5. Support for Non-Business Profiles [FUTURE]: Basic permissioning for non-business profiles will be supported in early 2019.

To find out more about the new Instagram Graph API features, check out the documentation.

Thanks,
The Instagram Platform Team