Facebook Inc (FB) Rolls Out Snapchat-like Stories Feature to Android, iOS

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It will also have filter effects and virtual masks users can drop on to their selfies - again similar to some of the core features of Snapchat.

Once the camera is opened, Facebook's other new Snapchat-like features are available, including filters that can be added to images. They also have movie tie-in masks for Alien: Covenant, Despicable Me 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and Wonder Woman. Facebook is unapologetic about ripping off this feature from Snapchat; the social media giant already integrated Stories ripoffs into three other apps it owns: Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger.

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. Once users update to the latest version of Facebook, they'll notice a new camera icon on the top-right of the app's main screen. In case you want to share your story with a specific friend (s) for a limited time, Facebook is now offering Direct the button. You can also respond using text in Direct, but once the conversation ends, its track will be gone.

All of these features begin rolling out today only to the Facebook app. This part of the new Facebook app works exactly like it does on Instagram.

According to a promotional video launching the features Facebook has created the new camera feature because "sometimes there are just no words so maybe we should let our cameras do more of the talking". When you think of it in a certain aspect, this feature is near identical to Snapchat's stories feature which they've had since 2013.

This modification indicates for the fourth time that Facebook has copied basic Snapchat features like photo and video montages that disappear in 24 hours.

With the new Facebook Stories, people can now share snapshots from throughout the day, glued together in a digital slideshow atop News Feed.

With the help of stories the Facebook app users can now share them with friends and can see what they have shared in last 24 hours.

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