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Instagram is testing a standalone app for direct messaging

Instagram is testing a standalone app for direct messaging
From TechCrunch - December 7, 2017

Instagram has changed a lot since its acquisition by Facebook in 2012.

The original premise was so simple. Beautify your photo and share it to your friends in a couple clicks. Like your friends photos with a simple scroll and a double-tap.

Now, Instagram has videos and gifs (Boomerang). It has its own set of superstars and an algorithmic feed that helps those superstars dominate users feeds, including mine. And it has a direct messaging system.

Today, Instagram is testing out yet another change with the launch of a standalone Instagram Direct app. For now, the app is only available in Uruguay, Chile, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and Israel.

The Verge first noticed the test.

Instagram had this to say on the test:

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