Facebook tests merging its News Feed and Stories into a single interface

Facebook is testing a radically redesigned interface for its application, which sees the News Feed and Stories feature combined into a single source that you can play as Instagram or Snapchat Stories. The interface was first discovered by the application researcher Jane Manchun Wong who found the interface in the Android version of the Facebook application.

Currently, the Facebook Stories and the News Source exist side by side as different interfaces in the main Facebook application. You can scroll down to see the news service or touch one of the tiled cards at the top of the application to start scrolling through your stories. In this new design, News and News publications (including text publications, photos, videos and sponsored publications) appear as part of the same interface.

Although Facebook Stories were not popular when first launched in 2017, Facebook predicted that they will surpass the popularity of News Feed in 2019. Last September, the company said Facebook and Messenger Stories had 300 million active users. newspapers between them.

The future of News Feed has been questioned since CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company would move away from permanent public publications and move towards encrypted private messages. The commentators took this announcement to the effect that the news service would become an inherited product. After an executive meeting a week later, Casey Newton of The Verge stated that "the Facebook news era has officially ended."

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request to comment, and currently it is not clear if the interface discovered today will definitely make it public. Facebook experimented briefly with a horizontal interface for the Instagram feed late last year that was hugely unpopular among users. The service initially claimed that the new interface was intended as " a small test ", but later called it "an error" in a statement.

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