Only for India, Facebook rolls out fresh updates for stories

Mindy Sparks
May 16, 2018

The new features include Voice Posts, Stories archive, and a slate of new cloud storage features. The company stresses that the camera roll in Facebook camera can only be seen by the user when they log into their account.

Another interesting feature coming to Facebook's platform is voice posts.

The all-new "Save Photos and Videos for later" will let users save photos and video they capture using Facebook's inbuilt camera within the app. "We also learnt from our research in India that people have non-native language keyboards on their phone and can't necessarily write in the language they want to share in" he said.

At this time, the feature will only be available for Facebook Lite users, however, Android users will see this in the coming months. The feature will be an opt-in addition and users will have the option to either permanently delete these or reshare it again either as a Story or a post at a later date.

Facebook will also allow voice posts, letting people "share in the moment" without having to share a photo or video.

Facebook introduces voice posts, story archive options for users in India
Facebook's new India-focused features: Voice posts, Stories archive, and save photos for later

Hayes said that Voice Posts was developed based on the learnings from its messaging app WhatsApp and will allow users to record audio clips of up to 20 seconds and share it as a Story, a profile post or a direct message to any specific user via Messenger. We've been talking to our community to understand how people want to use Stories, so we can give them the tools to create and connect in meaningful ways.

Facebook did not provide statistics around the popularity of voice messaging in India. Earlier the stories would automatically be removed after 24 hours, but now the user has the option of archiving the stories and using them later as either a story or as a picture that they can share on their newsfeed. "You can always choose to not save them", Hayes added.

Being able to view some of their old stories, said Hayes, was an issue that several people have raised.

Hayes on Wednesday also announced an all-new Stories Archive feature where users can re-live memories. Voice posts can be shared in the same way that Stories and News Feed posts are shared, Facebook said.

Tech giant Google is another company that has been launching products targeted at the India market and then taking it to other parts of the world. The feature is now available for Facebook Lite users while Android users will see the feature in coming weeks.

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