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24th of November 2017

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Facebook Stories Will Now Show Up Inside Messenger App

Messenger Day

Earlier this year, Facebook went kind of crazy adding Snapchat Stories clones pretty much wherever it could cram in the feature—its main app, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. A bunch of hilarious memes were even created to make fun of the trend.

Now, Facebook is consolidating things a bit. Going forward, any stories you post to Messenger or Facebook will show up in both apps, according to TechCrunch. The report notes that "viewing will be synced," meaning "you won't see a Story as unviewed in one app if you already watched it in the other."

Facebook did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment, but a spokesman with the social network told TechCruch the change is designed to "make it easier for people to share Stories across different apps."

"Some people actually thought these experiences were already connected," the spokesman said, according to the report. "We feel like it would make sense."

Until now, the stories feature was called "Day" inside Messenger. Now, it will be called "Stories" inside both Facebook and Messenger.

The change comes after Facebook in October started rolling out a feature that lets you cross-post your Instagram Stories to Facebook Stories. TechCrunch noted that the company has no plan to merge Instagram and Facebook Stories the way it's doing for Messenger.

Eight months after launching Stories, Instagram in April announced that more than 200 million people use it every day and bragged that its version is more popular that Snapchat. Facebook's own Stories feature has been slower to take off.

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