December 10, 2014 / 5:18 PM / 3 years ago

Instagram crosses 300 million users, edges past Twitter

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc’s photo-sharing service, Instagram, said it had more than 300 million users, sharing over 70 million photos and videos each day.

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. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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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