Instagram crosses 300 million users, edges past Twitter


Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson


A screen displays the Instagram logo during a presentation by co-founder Kevin Systrom as he announces the launch of a new direct image messaging service named Instagram Direct in New York December 12, 2013.


Microblogging service Twitter Inc has 284 million active users, according to its website. ( bit.ly/1mjyzhm)


Four-year-old Instagram crossed 200 million users in March.


The service, bought by Facebook in April 2012, also said in a blog that users would now see a 'verified' badge for celebrities, athletes and brands as Instagram pushes to deactivate spam accounts. ( bit.ly/1ByIxTz)


Instagram also said on Wednesday it will permanently delete spam accounts, which may cause a drop in some users' follower counts.


(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Joyjeet Das)


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