Instagram’s standalone Direct app is ‘going away’, but its core feature will live on

Facebook has a habit of frequently testing changes (both big and small) for its extensive library of crazy popular social networking services, but while most new features added to Instagram tend to stick, enriching the app’s functionality or expanding its reach, others never get to see daylight or move past the public testing phase.

Instagram Direct is part of the latter category, reportedly “going away” sometime “in the coming month” after making a limited global debut way back in December 2017. This was actually a standalone app rather than something built directly into the …

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