After shutting down its standalone messaging app ‘Direct’, Facebook’s Instagram unit is reportedly working on a standalone messaging app called Threads.
It’s a new iteration of the same, which aims to put more focus on maintaining the connection between close friends. The Verge was first to report on Threads and compared the messaging aspects to features offered by Snapchat.
A key element of Threads would be an automatic sharing option – as explained by The Verge:
“Opt-in to automatic sharing and Threads will regularly update your status, giving your friends a real-time view of information about your location, speed, and more. At the moment, Threads does not display your real-time location – instead, it might say something like a friend is “on the move,” according to sources familiar with the matter.”
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