The OG App, which was launched in late September allowing users to use Instagram without ads and suggested posts, has been removed from both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
On Friday, the company shared a Tweet thread announcing that they will no longer be able to provide services through their mobile app, which surpassed 25,000 users before the removal.
Following its launch, the OG App had gained popularity very quickly as it offered the ability to use Instagram without being distracted by ads and suggested posts, which IG users have been complaining about for a very long time. It also enabled users to disable Reels and The Explore page, as well as create their custom feeds and share them with their friends. To offer these features, the startup said it reverse-engineered Instagram’s official API.
Days after the launch, Instagram’s parent company Meta told TechCrunch: “This app violates our policies and we’re taking all appropriate enforcement actions.” However, the social media giant didn’t disclose any further details.
Shortly after, the OG App was removed from Apple’s App Store for violating the rules by accessing Instagram’s service in an unauthorized way.
The app’s website now includes a link that redirects users to a waitlist page.