A new third-party client for Instagram, The OG App, was released this week. It promises the best Instagram experience without ads or content recommendations from people you don’t know. The app seemed too good to be true and has now been removed by Apple.
As the app’s developers announced on Twitter, the OG app has now been removed from the App Store. Last night alone, the iOS app was downloaded over 10,000 times, ranking as the 50th most downloaded app on the App Store. Developers have criticized Apple for its choice to “follow in Meta’s footsteps” instead of listening to its users.
“Apple wants you to think they care about privacy more than any other tech company. They don’t,” the tweet posted on the OG App account says. “Apple would rather succumb to the whims of Facebook than do the right thing to you.”
“Everyone knows Instagram sucks. We made it better and received a lot of love from users. But Facebook hates its users so much that it’s ready to destroy the alternative that gives them pure Instagram without ads. Apple colluded with Facebook to bully two teenagers who made Instagram better. This makes Android an obvious choice for users who want privacy, freedom, and choice. Users deserve the right to control what they consume, and OG will continue to defend and fight for that right.
Dear Apple: You're helping Facebook bully your users.
— The OG App
For now, the OG app is still available on the Google Play store for Android device owners. The authors say they will continue to fight for the return of OG to iOS.
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