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You might not be able to slide into anyone’s DMs soon: Instagram is reportedly killing its standalone direct messaging app.
Matt Navarra, a social media industry commentator, along with some users in the Google Play Store, recently reported that they received a puzzling message when they used the Direct for Instagram app, CNET reported. It said “the Direct app is going away” in the coming month.
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) May 15, 2019
Confirmed: Instagram is killing its standalone Direct Messaging app pic.twitter.com/owt2gXtfCE
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) May 16, 2019
“In the coming month, we’ll no longer be supporting the Direct app,” the message said. “Your conversations will automatically move over to Instagram, so you don’t need to do anything.”
The message didn’t give a specific date for the app kill, however, your conversations will be automatically moved to the main Instagram app and it won’t delete your DMs, Engadget noted.
Instagram first rolled out the Direct app in December 2017, and since this time, it has featured Giphy GIFs and a web version for desktop computers. Despite some benefits of using the Direct app, it didn’t quite take off like the main application and it remained in beta.
For more information on DM assistance, visit Instagram’s Help Center.