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Facebook testing alternative sources of location data for Instagram

updated 02:56 pm EDT, Tue March 25, 2014

Some users seeing Facebook Places info rather than Foursquare data

Facebook has started testing location information embedding, looking at integrating Facebook Places data into Instagram. Instagram currently uses Foursquare data for geotagging and attaching photo data to a location. Neither Facebook nor Foursquare have any comment on the matter, and a wholesale replacement of the photo tag data source doesn't appear to be underway in any more than a small scale test to a limited subset of users.

The trial has been noted by users, some of whom responded to the alteration on Twitter. An Instagram spokesperson said in response to the Facebook program that "Foursquare is a great partner, and people will continue to be able to share their check-ins to Foursquare from Instagram. We are constantly testing experiences throughout the app to provide the best possible user experience as part of future planning."

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