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Instagram introduced a stand-alone Instagram Direct application in December 2017, but the app does not look like it will survive June 2019.
Users of the stand-alone messaging app began seeing the following notification: “The Direct app is going away. 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.”
An Instagram spokesperson confirmed the demise of the app, saying, “We’re rolling back the test of the standalone Direct app.