The rumors were true. Instagram is planning to release a new text-based social media app to take on Twitter. As you can see from the screenshot above, the UI looks simple and clean. You can create a post with text and attach links, photos and videos. People following you can like and reply to your posts. Also, the comments posted can contain images.
The main highlight of this text-based app will be its Instagram integration. With one tap, you can follow the accounts you follow on Instagram.
Instagram also mentioned that there are settings to control who can reply to your posts and who can mention you in posts. Also, accounts you blocked on Instagram will be carried over to this new app. And the Community Guidelines followed by Instagram will be applicable to this new app as well.
Also, this new app will be compatible with other apps like Mastodon. Users on these other apps will be able to follow, search for and interact with your profile if it is public. If you are private, you can approve them as followers.