Instagram Crosses 300M Users, Edges Past Twitter

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

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Microblogging service Twitter Inc (TWTR) has 284 million active users, according to its website. 

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. 

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)