Facebook officially acquires Instagram

Instagram is now part of Facebook as the social network completed its billion-dollar acquisition of the smartphone photo-sharing service.

“Very excited to announce that we’re now officially joining the Facebook family,” Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said in a Facebook post tagged as being made using a mobile phone in Japan.

“For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family,” Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said in announcing the deal in April.

“Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.”

“So many of us at Facebook love using Instagram to share moments with our friends,” Facebook vice president of engineering Mike Schroepfer said in a blog post.

“That’s why we’re so excited to bring Instagram to Facebook and see what we can create together,” he continued. “We also can’t wait to work with the talented Instagram team to improve the mobile experience.”

Facebook users have increasingly taken to accessing the social network using smartphones or tablet computers.

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