Instagram updates Threads messaging app

Anne Freer | October 12, 2020

App Business

Instagram is going to merge two of its messaging apps: Threads with the concept for its previously launched Direct app.

In 2019, the company ceased support for Direct which lets users create and share messages with anyone quickly.

But newly launched updates to Threads mean that the app now has a two-tabbed inbox.

Within the “Close Friends” section, users can message their contacts, but they can also choose to message anyone else by selecting the “Everyone Else” tab.

Status updates continue to be visible only to close friends.

Similarly, notifications can only be received from close friends. However, that setting is modifiable from within the app’s Settings.

The modifications follow a recent announcement by Facebook to roll out cross-app communication between Messenger and Instagram.

It raises questions over whether parent Facebook is envisioning another standalone messaging app. But Instagram has no plans for cross-platform support for Threads.

The update was spotted by Matt Navarra and Jane Manchun Wong.

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