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January 25, 2017

Facebook Stories Coming to Mobile App

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Facebook is once again taking its inspiration from Snapchat.

The social media company is currently testing Facebook Stories in its mobile app. Sources told Business Insider Facebook is testing the new feature in Ireland to start but will bring the “new format” to additional countries “in the coming months.”

Like Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, captures your daily photos and videos in a slideshow format. The images are not published to your profile. Instead, they disappear after 24 hours has elapsed. You can respond directly to a friend’s story with a direct message as well as add selfie filters or geofilters to photos and videos.

“The way people share today is different to five or even two years ago — it’s much more visual, with more photos and videos than ever before,” Facebook said in an e-mailed statement to the media.

“We want to make it fast and fun for people to share creative and expressive photos and videos with whoever they want, whenever they want. We’ve been testing a new camera and the new Direct feature in Ireland since last fall, and Stories is another example of how we’re helping people share the way they want to.”

It is thought Facebook Stories will adhere to the privacy settings of your account. For example, if your account is set to private, your story will only be visible to your followers.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.