Instagram announced a depreciation of the basic permission for its Legacy API Platform and provided directions on how this Instagram API changes impact users and also third-party developers in providing tools for generating and displaying Instagram content.

What’s Changing?

On March 31, 2020, Instagram will stop using the old API to display photos from personal Instagram accounts to widgets.

3rd party apps using this, will no longer be able to display photos from your account if they don’t switch to the new API.

So, this Instagram API shutdown will basically prevent all scrapers, plugins or apps that are not connected to the official Instagram API to provide their service.

The goal of the new update is to create an API that enables consumer use-cases while protecting user privacy and safety at the same time.

To achieve this, the launching of Instagram Basic Display API comes with 3 major changes:

  1. To protect users’ privacy, location information will no longer be included along with the media;
  2. Only Instagram business accounts will continue to support likes and comments on the hover overlay;
  3. The number of data fields like location data and followers counts is going to be censored.

So, to put it simply… If you don’t make the required updates to your API (or get your web peeps to help out) your feed on your website will stop working.

To hear it straight from horses mouth, click here.

P.S. If you’re a Tycho client do not fear, we have already made the necessary changes for your feeds to continue working on your websites.

P.P.S. If you are not a Tycho client & want some help making this change feel free to reach out!