After servers being constantly blocked by #Instagram all the time, the frontend #Bibliogram is being discontinued. Users might as well migrate to the fediverse, but unfortunately you'll be stuck on Instagram to see posts from anyone you'd like on there. The source code will still remain up.
From the Reddit post (through teddit):
From the official matrix channel by cadence, the founder of Bibliogram:
Hi everyone, I'm discontinuing Bibliogram.
I'm doing this because I just don't want to work on it anymore. It's very depressing because I'm working against a hostile system and a hostile company, and not very rewarding since I do not personally care about anyone/anything on Instagram. It's a chore that Instagram is continuously and actively trying to stop me from doing. I have been thinking about this for a couple of weeks.
There will maybe be one more commit for personal use and one more commit that public instances can use to display a discontinued message and remove user lookup functionality. Bibliogram can still be used to view individual posts, which is pretty cool, so having it as just a post viewer will be its future - until that breaks too.
Bibliogram is still really good code to work on if anybody wants to try to fix collecting the data from Instagram. You can write a new function (or edit an existing one) in collectors.js to make an upstream request, and then you can parse the response using whatever you want, and return a User structure. You're welcome to maintain a fork if you fix this, but if you plan to upload your fork to GitHub, please also edit the readme. (While you're at it, I'd suggest a name change to reduce the risks of legal action - Bibliograph is a name that's been floating in my head for a while that you can use if you'd like.)
I have not received any legal demands and there are no legal restrictions on Bibliogram or its code besides the AGPL license.
It's been two and a half years. This is now a mourning chatroom. Thanks for the fun, and pour one out for Bibliogram.
Bummy news. Does anyone know of any alternative to use RSS with Instagram?
@tomcat said (with some of my modification):
This happened to the fdroid app #barinsta as well. Dev received a Cease & Desist, claiming the "insta" part of their name was infringing their copyright. I continued using until recently when my account was _insta_banned upon logging in. (haha)
I haven't looked back, and I don't miss it. I have no desire to use an app or perpetuate an ecosystem that disdains me.
Oh yeah I heard about that story once. He is now on the fediverse as austin at ieji.de. I heard somewhere maybe the app would be leaked out sometime in the future somehow. The profile looked familiar to me...
@tomcat In fact, Tornado Cash's source code was removed without warning as well recently. I haven't heard of anyone backing up this source code, so a lawsuit may be required for someone to get it; it is protected speech according to the article below:
Very interesting read! I agree it seems a bit futile to try to "disappear" code running in a decentralized infrastructure. That's one of the many selling points of decentralization: its resistance to censorship. I have no doubt this will have a Streisand effect and only cause it to spread more.
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