Ghosty, an application that provides users with access to personal profiles, has been removed from the Google Play store.
This happened after Instagram announced that it planned to send a letter of termination and abandonment of the development to the developer Ghosty.
The service required each user to provide him access to his profile, as well as invite his friends – at least one of which also had to join.
He then provides access to the data in these accounts, as well as to any other profiles that these users follow.
If a member has access to a personal profile, he also becomes available to other Ghosty users. This will include otherwise inaccessible videos and photos.
According to analytics firm App Brain, since the launch in April, the app that charged the subscription fee has been downloaded more than 500,000 times.
Android police, who reported disputes last week, described it as creating a "paradise of stalkers."
Instagram’s terms of service state that users cannot transfer “any aspect” of their account to others.
“Yes, this application violates our terms,” said the BBC spokeswoman for the platform owned by Facebook.
“This functionality has never been available through our API.” [application programming interface],
“We will be sending a letter of termination and refusal to Ghosty, ordering them to immediately cease their activities on Instagram, among other requests. We are investigating and planning further actions related to this developer. ”
Ghosty developer did not respond to a BBC request for comment.
A Google spokeswoman was unable to confirm whether the application was voluntarily removed from the Play Store or if the tech giant took action.
Its removal occurred a week after Apple removed Like Patrol from its own online store – another application that Instagram objected to deleting its data.