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Only for India, Facebook rolls out fresh updates for stories

Sampath Putrevu
17th May 2018
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Facebook is rolling out a few updates in the stories section to help people capture and save memories so that they can connect in the moment. With this, 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.

Connor Hayes, Director of Product Management, Facebook

This allows people to save the photos and videos they capture without taking up space on their phone. It can also be used to save photos users might want to share later, so they do not have to edit or post them while they are out with friends, and instead enjoy the moment and share them later.

Speaking about the announcement, Connor Hayes, Director of Product Management, Facebook, said,

People around the world are using Stories to keep up with their friends throughout the day. 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.

In the coming weeks, the company is going to introduce an archive for people to save the stories most important to them. After a photo disappears from a story, they can find it in the story archive, a place only the user can see, though they can always choose to not save them.

In Facebook's research, the company found that many people have to delete a photo from their phone before they're able to take a new one. Built with data restrictions in mind for the entire product, the new rollout is optimised for low data and network conditions.

On why Facebook is doing the new rollout, Connor said,

We are always working to help people share and connect with their friends and family on Facebook in ways that are authentic to them. For some people, photos and text are not the most effective way to communicate. Voice posts, which are also being introduced, give people a new medium through which they can express themselves.
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