Date
19 November 2017
As of Thursday morning, users searching for Instagram in mobile app stores received the reply "out of stock". Photo: AFP
As of Thursday morning, users searching for Instagram in mobile app stores received the reply "out of stock". Photo: AFP

Instagram no longer available in China Android app stores

Instagram, a photo and video sharing application acquired by Facebook, appears to be no longer available for download in China’s third-party Android app stores, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Users searching for Instagram in mobile app stores received the reply “out of stock” as of Thursday morning. However, those who have downloaded the app are not affected, the paper said.

Also, users can find and download Instagram at the App Store on iOS.

According to IT market website Statcounter.com, Android holds a 67.13 percent share of China’s smartphone market, Apple’s iOS accounts for 23.81 percent, while the Window Phone operating system takes a paltry 0.92 percent share.

Meanwhile, a statement purportedly released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has been circulating on social network sites, saying that from July 10, all offshore social networking apps for photo, video and voice sharing must be removed, the report said.

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