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Facebook’s testing in-app ‘photos only’ mode, similar to Instagram-feed

The feature, named “Popular Photos”, affixes an endless scroll of algorithmically selected images from friends beneath the full-screen view of a photo opened from the News Feed.

By: INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE
| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 18:01 IST
Facebook’s in-app ‘photos only’ mode under testing
Facebook’s in-app ‘photos only’ mode under testing (REUTERS)

A photos-only mode for Facebook's mobile application is under testing and it would let users see algorithmically suggested photos in a feed similar to its photo sharing platform Instagram.

The feature, named "Popular Photos", affixes an endless scroll of algorithmically selected images from friends beneath the full-screen view of a photo opened from the News Feed. The result is an experience that is similar to Instagram feed, TechCrunch has recently reported.

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A mode was first spotted in October and the trial has since concluded. The new feature is being worked on with future tests in mind.

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The company refused to disclose more details or its motives for Popular Photos. Given Facebook already has Stories, messaging, profiles, and its IGTV-esque Watch video hub, it's only the Explore tab and a dedicated media feed that are missing from it being a full clone of Instagram, the report added.

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First Published Date: 17 Nov, 14:55 IST
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