'Threads' app launches through Instagram

'Threads' app launches through Instagram Photo: MGN Images

Updated: October 04, 2019 09:53 AM

Facebook has launched a new "camera-first messaging app" through Instagram.

Thursday, the company announced the Threads standalone app allows users to share photos, videos, messages and Instagram stories with a close friends list.


"For your smaller circle of friends, we saw the need to stay more connected throughout the day, so you can communicate what you're doing and how you're feeling through photos and videos," Robby Stein, director of product for Instagram, said in a statement about the impetus behind the app.

The app also includes the ability to set a status so a user's close friends list can see what that user is doing. The status option, "automatically shares little bits of context on where you are without giving away your coordinates," Stein stated. "Only your close friends will see your status, and it's completely opt-in."

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Today, Facebook is launching Threads from Instagram, a new camera-first messaging app that helps you stay connected to your close friends. Threads is a stand-alone app designed with privacy, speed and your close connections in mind. You can share photos, videos, messages, Stories and now statuses with your Instagram close friends list. You are in control of who can reach you on Threads, and you can customize the experience around the people who matter most.??? ??? We hope that Threads can bring you a little closer to the people you care about. Threads launches today and is available for download on both iOS and Android.??? ??? Artwork by @fiance_knowles

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