Facebook is testing a radically redesigned interface for its app, that sees the News Feed and Stories feature combined into one feed that you tap through like an Instagram or Snapchat Stories. The interface was initially discovered by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong who found the interface in the android version of the Facebook app.
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Currently, Facebook Stories and the News Feed exist alongside each other as distinct interfaces within the core Facebook app. you can scroll down to see the News Feed or tap one of the cards tiled on the top of the app to start scrolling through your stories. In this new design, Stories and News Feed posts — as well as text posts, pictures, videos, and sponsored posts — seem as a part of the same interface.
Although Facebook Stories were unpopular when they were first launched back in 2017, Facebook predicted that they’ll surpass the News feed in popularity in 2019. Last September, the corporate said that Facebook and messenger Stories had 300 million daily active users between them.
The future of the News Feed has been in question ever since ceo Mark Zuckerberg said that the corporate would be pivoting away from permanent public posts and toward private, encrypted messaging.