Instagram Direct app is offered for Android and iOS. (Image: Bloomberg)

Instagram is formally shutting down its stand-alone Direct app that it launched as a take a look at in six international locations in December 2017. Social media commentator Matt Navarra posted on Twitter screenshots from the Direct app with a message that claims it can not be supported.

Instagram Direct will probably be shut down in the coming month and the conversations will probably be mechanically moved to the Direct tab inside the Instagram app. “In the coming month, we’ll no longer be supporting the Direct app. Your conversations will automatically move over to Instagram so you don’t need to do anything,” the notification reads.

Instagram Direct opens to the digital camera a approach much like Snapchat and the app affords Snapchat-styled filters as nicely. Direct app, which is offered for Android and iOS was amongst the firm’s preliminary makes an attempt to convey Snapchat-like options on its platform. Now, after all, it has borrowed a number of options from Snapchat, out of which Stories is the hottest.

Instagram Direct app was launched in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay. The inbox disappeared from the Instagram app for customers who put in the app. The inbox messages may solely be accessed in the Direct app.

Facebook introduced privacy-focused modifications for its merchandise at the firm’s F8 developer convention earlier this month. Changes for Instagram embody an possibility to buy straight from creators with out leaving the app, new donation stickers in Stories, in addition to Create Mode.

Instagram’s donation sticker will let customers create a fundraiser and 100 per cent of the cash raised will go to the nonprofit that’s being supported, says Facebook. The function is proscribed to the US market as of now. Meanwhile, Create Mode for digital camera will give customers a method to create a Story with out a photograph or video utilizing well-liked artistic instruments like results and interactive stickers.


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