Facebook announces India specific update to its users for stories


The three features are Voice Posts, the ability to archive Stories, and access to the cloud to store unshared photos.

A few of the features appear to be catering towards users with entry-level devices that live in areas with low-bandwidth internet, or with limited space on their phone.

Save photos and videos for later Facebook users will now be able to save the photos and videos taken through Facebook camera to the social networking platform.

'Saving photos and videos can be used to save what you might want to post later - so you don't have to edit or post them while you're out with friends, and instead enjoy the moment at the concert or share them later, ' Hayes told TechCrunch. The idea behind this feature is to let users save space on their smartphones as the photos and videos get saved on the cloud.

People will now be able to save the photos and videos they capture through the Facebook camera, where only they can see them when they log into their Facebook account.

The new additions are rolling out in India starting today and should make their way to the rest of the world "shortly thereafter". There's no information on when the feature will be rolled out to iOS users. These can be accompanied by images saved in the handset. Voice posts, which are also being introduced, give people a new medium through which they can express themselves.

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Given that data breach has been in the news, and Facebook has been in the midst of the Cambridge Analytica row, Hayes also said that the features can only be seen by the profile owner and there will be no data breach when it comes to leaking information.

"The audience of the shared post by a friend would still be determined by the privacy settings of the person who created the voice post", the company clarifies. The most important as far as I am concerned is the return of "voice posts". It has been mentioned that this particular feature is on FBLite for now but will soon be coming to the regular Android app as well. "We noticed that a number of users were using WhatsApp to record messages when they didn't feel like typing".

Your Voice Posts on Stories will not be stored until you have archived the Story. You can go back and view these Stories at any time, or choose to reshare them as a post or story.

At Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, chief product officer Chris Cox said Stories is on a "path to surpass feeds as the primary way people share things with their friends sometime next year". "You can still find it in your Stories Archive if you have Archive turned on", explains Hayes.

Facebook first launched the Stories feature in mid-2017.