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Instagram is pulling out standalone direct messaging app

Instagram is discontinuing its Snapchat-like ‘Direct’ messaging app and will be moving users’ messages back to the main app.

According to a report by, social media commentator Matt Navarra first spotted the announcement, telling users that the Direct app will no longer be supported in the coming month and that conversations will be automatically moved to the Instagram app.

The message in the app reads: “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 app was first released last December 2017 in some countries including Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Uruguay, and a select number of markets for testing but were never rolled out in other countries.

An Instagram confirmed the reports, saying: “We’re rolling back the test of the standalone Direct app. We’re focused on continuing to make Instagram Direct the best place for fun conversations with your friends.”

(Photo source: Twitter – @MattNavarra)