Facebook rolls out Stories archive and voice posts, starting in India

Facebook Audio Stories

Among the new features include voice posts, stories archive and the ability to save photos and videos from the Facebook Camera app while avoiding using up space on the user's mobile phone.

Facebook on Wednesday announced several new updates for its Indian consumer, following which the updates will be part of Facebook's global platform, it was announced. The saved photos will be available through the Facebook camera gallery and through the photos section of their respective profiles.

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.

Sharing feedback, he claimed that people were using creative workarounds to share through audio already by covering their phone camera with their finger when taking a video and just recording the audio to share. There's no information on when the feature will be rolled out to iOS users. 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. They won't even require written proficiency from users in a language that they can easily speak. Second, users will be able to share audio-only clips on Stories or to upload audio, along with a photo that was taken previously. 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. There is now no limit for a voice post that is shared to News Feed, but the recording time is restricted by the local storage on the user's device.

Facebook did not provide statistics around the popularity of voice messaging in India.

Facebook "Stories" feature has seen tremendous adoption on the social platform and the company wants to enhance the experience further keeping India in the centre. One can also choose to change the background colors of the story, add a background photo or a sticker among others. We have incorporated a similar feature for Facebook stories, especially when a person is travelling.

"Voice posts lets you share in the moment without having to share a photo or video".

Hayes said Facebook has more than 217 million people per month in India, which means more than half the Internet population of the country is on Facebook so we're committed to building products with Facebook in mind.



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