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Instagram Putting an End to its Standalone Messaging App ‘Direct’

Direct was the second time Instagram borrowed an idea from Snapchat; it had earlier launched a ‘Stories’ feature in 2016

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is putting an end to “Direct”, its standalone camera-first messaging app which was used to send Instagram direct messages.

“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,” a message popping up on the app reads.

The announcement was first spotted by social media commentator Matt Navarra, The Verge reported.

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Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, prepares for Wednesday’s announcement about IGTV in San Francisco, June 19, 2018. (VOA)

First launched in December 2017, the app came in with plenty of Snapchat-style filters, but it also allowed users to swipe down from the top of the screen to type messages to their Instagram contacts.

The app was initially launched in six countries — Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay — but it appears to have never rolled out globally.

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Instagram’s reasons for shutting down the app remain undisclosed, the report added.

Direct was the second time Instagram borrowed an idea from Snapchat; it had earlier launched a ‘Stories’ feature in 2016. (IANS)

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Instagram to Allow Users to Have More Control Over their Personal Information

A user could restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Facebook-owned Instagram on Tuesday announced a new feature which will allow users to have control over the personal information they share with third-parties through the app and it will be rolling out gradually over the next six months.

A user can navigate to Settings -> Security -> Apps and Websites to see which third-party services have access to their data.

“It is essential that we protect the data people share with us. We also want to give people more control over the data they share with other apps and services,” the company said in a statement.

Instagram will also be rolling out an “updated authorisation screen” that will notify users when a third-party app is requesting to use data.

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FILE – The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

“To ensure you know what specific data third parties are requesting from you, we are also introducing an updated authorization screen that lists all the information the third party is requesting to access. You’ll have the option to “cancel” or “authorize” this access directly from the authorisation screen,” the company added.

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Instagram has also rolled out a new mode called “Restrict” globally that would let users stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments.

A user could restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict. (IANS)