Facebook app update adds 'Stories' feature to rival Snapchat

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30 March, 2017

Facebook previously tested some of these features on Instagram, but launching Stories within the main Facebook app looks to be a jab at Snapchat.

However, Facebook, which now has a user base of around 1.86 billion, has denied the fact that they have taken this Story feature from Snapchat.

The camera app within the stories also borrows from Snapchat, allowing for masks, frames, and reactive effects to be added to the images and videos captured.

Facebook Stories, which will roll out to users in the coming weeks, will allow users to string together several photos and videos that friends can view for up to 24 hours.

The objective is to make the new camera, stories and Direct an easy option for users to see the globe with the help of photos and videos sharing. With it, you can tap a new camera icon on the top left corner.

Then you can add that photo or video to your story or send it as a direct message for a limited amount of time or post it to your feed. Once the video has been viewed and received it's comments or reply, the conversation is considered to have ended according to Facebook and the video will not be visible on Direct any longer.

With Direct, you can share your photos and videos with specific friends.

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With this new update, users will see rounded profile pictures at the top of their Facebook application.

One of the camera effects in this new feature will be the ability to morph someone in a picture into a cartoon Minion.

Instagram Stories has proven extremely popular since its arrival a year ago, and Mark Zuckerberg won't mind that all of his company's apps are based around the same core feature, as long as Facebook Stories opens up new revenue opportunities.

At what point do Facebook decide just to start welcoming people to Snapchat 2.0 when they open its apps?

FILE - In this May 16, 2012 file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia.

Facebook has introduced a camera feature to its native app for the first time as the social networking giant continues to challenge photo app Snapchat.


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