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Facebook secretly moved all of your Instagram photos to its own servers

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“Instagration.”

That’s Facebook’s term for the live migration of Instagram — all of Instagram — from Amazon’s servers to a Facebook data center. The firm shared yesterday that it completed the transition without so much as a whisper to Instagram’s 200 million active users.

Planning the secret transition took “about a year,” according to Wired, and a small team of just eight engineers handled it at first. The actual migration took just one month with a 20-person team.

According to Instagram founder Mike Krieger, the transition required Instagram to first move from Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service to Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud. VPC enabled Krieger to “create a logical network that reached beyond Amazon into the Facebook data center,” Wired reports.

The migration was completed in April, but Facebook claims it will keep Instagram’s user data separate to protect the privacy of Instagram users. This suggests that your behavior on Instagram won’t influence Facebook’s aggressive tracking efforts, even if ads will eventually play a big role on Instagram.

Looking back, it didn’t take long for Instagram to start mirroring Facebook. As soon as Instagram debuted Web profiles, Facebook’s influence was clear.

But now, Instagram is firmly in Facebook’s DNA.

More information:

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12 comments
Suresh Kumar
Suresh Kumar

If people are surprised by this, they need to stop using the internet starting now. This isn't the first time Facebook pulled the carpet under our feet. Get used to it people, or be proactive. There are only two real options and there are stupid questions. lol

Ken Hoinsky
Ken Hoinsky

Secretly? It's all over hacker news...

Matt Zeltser
Matt Zeltser

Why does that matter, it's not like they out your Instagram photos on google or amazon servers, it's the same company.

Valerio Capello
Valerio Capello

Doesn't Facebook own Instagram servers anyway? It paid them quite a lot.

Kuipo Kuu
Kuipo Kuu

Oh my! Facebook moved your content that they own from one server that they own to another server that they own! Outrage!

Billy Dukelow
Billy Dukelow

BREAKING: Kraft Foods to store Capri-Suns in Kool-Aid warehouse... nobody loses their shit.

Rik Haandrikman
Rik Haandrikman

"Thanks for the heads up"? Really? Why should you care?

Augie Ray
Augie Ray

Why in the hell would it matter which server the photos are stored on? Why would you expect a heads up for a storage change? You've already agreed to the terms and conditions--after that it doesn't matter whether your data is stored on Amazon cloud, Facebook servers or a Tandy in Zuckerberg's basement.