Instagram testing standalone Direct messaging app

The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Instagram said on Thursday it was testing a standalone messaging app called Direct, making it the company's third chat tool alongside its hugely popular WhatsApp and Messenger.

The move is similar to what Facebook did with its private messaging feature in 2014.

"With hundreds of millions of people using Instagram Direct, today we're announcing a test of a standalone Direct app. It's fast, visual and super fun. Only in six countries to start but can't wait for you all to try it." Instagram's vice president of product, Kevin Weil, said in a tweet.

The Instagram Direct app will be available starting Thursday on Android and iOS in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay, according to technology news website the Verge. http://bit.ly/2ACb1zj

(Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)

You may also interested in

US agency studies how to detect algae bloom...

Aug 13, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey scientists spent this week studying how nutrient levels contribute to algae...

Great Lakes no help for a struggling Trump on...

Aug 15, 2016

Donald Trump needs a place to reset the electoral map, and he seems to be looking at the industrial...

Hotels in 10 states and DC may have been hit by...

Aug 15, 2016

Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin hotels in 10 states and the District of Columbia may have been...

Mississippi town mourns deaths of 3 couples in...

Aug 15, 2016

Three married couples killed in the crash of a small airplane in Alabama all lived in the...

Prosecutor: Russian man's computer linked to...

Aug 16, 2016

A federal prosecutor told the jury during opening statements on Monday that when federal agents...

The Next Daily is the new generation of online publication, serving you the most recent discoveries made in science and technology on a daily basis. At The Next Daily, we believe in the power of consistent and reliable reporting to inspire and move mankind forward.

Contact us: sales[at]thenextdaily.com