The YouTube video platform has announced it will remove the direct messaging feature from its application for mobile devices and tablets, which until now allowed users to chat, on 18 September.

The news comes from YouTube itself which, through an update on Google’s support page, has warned users that the feature will be removed in order to “focus on improving public conversations”. In this way, it will bet on comments, publications and stories.

“Two years ago, we launched a feature to allow you to share videos through direct messages on YouTube. Since then, we’ve also focused on public conversations with commentary updates, publications, and stories. We are constantly re-evaluating our priorities and have decided to discontinue the direct messaging feature to focus on improving public conversations,” they said on the page.

Once the decision has been made, on September 18 direct messages will no longer be available in all versions of the platform, both on the desktop and those of iOS and Android.

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