Shares in Snapchat owner tumble after Instagram launch

New Instagram app allows private sharing of photos

Snapchat and Instagram are already strong rivals. Photograph: iStock

Snapchat and Instagram are already strong rivals. Photograph: iStock

 

Shares in the owner of Snapchat tumbled more than 7 per cent to their lowest in nearly four months after rival social media group Facebook said it was launching a new camera-focused messaging app under its Instagram banner.

The move could deepen the rivalry between the pair, which has most recently seen a resurgent Snapchat fight back investor concerns it faced an exodus of users to Instagram, which had adopted a number of the in-app features of its peer.

The new app, called Threads from Instagram, will allow users to share photos, video and messages with a close group of friends in a “dedicated, private space”, Facebook said in a blog post.

Facebook has stepped up efforts to address privacy concerns in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Last year the company introduced the Close Friends function, allowing users to share “personal moments” with a more selective list of people.

Lowest level

Snap shares dropped as much as 7.6 per cent, pulling them back to their lowest level since mid-June. Shares are down 22 per cent since hitting a 16-month high in July after the company reported better than expected revenue and record high users during its second quarter.

Facebook was up 2.4 per cent to a one-week high. – Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2019