A new advancement has been made on Facebook-owned Instagram. Users can now watch Instagram stories of their friends directly from the main platform.
Users earlier watch Facebook stories on the respective platform and Instagram stories on Instagram. However, they can now view stories directly from Facebook.
According to details, stories of both social media platforms will appear in circles of different colors. Colors will encircle the profile photo on Facebook. Facebook stories have blue circles, and Instagram’s have the same pink/orange hues of the app icon.
However, there is a certain condition i.e. you can view statuses only if your Instagram followers have linked their Facebook account. Only your Instagram followers who’ve linked their Facebook account — and who can already see your stories — will see the new option within Facebook.
“People on Facebook who don’t follow you on Instagram can’t see your story,” a screenshot about the feature says.
Matt Navarra confirmed with a Facebook spokesperson that this is a “limited test”, the company will review the feedback. The spokesperson also assured that the feature “respects all existing privacy settings”. Also, Instagram users can enjoy the option to keep their stories off of Facebook altogether if they want.
Following WhatsApp, Facebook has now limited the number of forwarded messages in Messenger to prevent rumors and misinformation from spreading.
It was announced in March this year and has now been implemented. Facebook says that now a message can only be forwarded to 5 people or groups at a time.