Instagram And Twitter In Image Spat
The photo-sharing network Instagram has stopped its pictures displaying properly on Twitter, in the latest salvo in the battle for social media dominance.
Instagram, which was recently acquired by Facebook, has restricted the way the pictures display on the microblogging site.
Instead of appearing in full on Twitter, they display either badly cropped or deleted.
It is the latest in a line of tit-for-tat moves among the social media firms.
Users reported problems with their Instagram pictures, also known as "cards" not showing up properly earlier this week.
The firm posted a blog saying: "This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration."
When it began, Instagram agreed to partner with other social networks, however, it was subsequently bought by Facebook for £620m ($1bn) following a failed bid from Twitter. The relationship between the two has soured since.
Kevin Systrom, the chief executive of Instagram, has denied the changes were related to the company's acquisition by Facebook, where Instagram pictures to continue to display without issue.
He said the site would remain integrated with Twitter but users would be directed to "where the content lives originally".
"We want that to be Instagram.com because that is a better user experience," he told Metro.
He added: "This decision is definitely coming from me. This is not a case of Facebook putting some sort of policy on Instagram. And this isn't a case of us getting acquired."
The move appeared to be a retaliation after Twitter disabled one of its features on Instagram in the summer.
Instagram provides a range of filters which can be used to enhance images, including one that makes the image look like a 1970's snapshot.
Twitter is said to be working on its own photo application.