China’s Android users might notice that a fairly major feature has disappeared from their app stores: Instagram! That’s right, the photo-sharing app has been MIA for almost two days, in what some suspect is part of the China APP-ocalypse that’s affected Flickr, Line, and more. Tech in Asia reports:
Chinese tech blog Pingwest first spotted Instagram’s disappearance from China’s Android app stores late last night. Almost 24 hours since that piece’s publication, it’s still missing. Tech in Asia searched Android app stores from Baidu, Xiaomi, Wandoujia, Qihoo 360, Tencent, and 91 Wireless and found no sign of Instagram’s official app in the listings.
This looks like an Android-only affair for the time being. Instagram is still completely searchable and downloadable in China’s App Store on iOS, and its url remains accessible on the Chinese internet. In addition, one Chinese user who already has the app installed on her Android device tells Tech in Asia that Instagram continues to run smoothly.
As of yet, it’s not known whether this is a state-sanctioned ‘spearphish’ or your run-of-the-mill pimpled, basement hacker.
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