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Your Instagram Stories are now appearing on Facebook in latest app merger

INSTAGRAM Stories have started to appear on Facebook.

Some users have reported seeing this happen even though they didn’t specifically click to upload them on their Facebook Story.

Facebook encourages cross platform posting

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Facebook encourages cross platform postingCredit: Getty – Contributor

This is reportedly due to a test that some accounts are experiencing.

Facebook users will only be able to see the Instagram Stories of people they are following on Instagram.

So if you’re Facebook friends but not following each other back on Instagram, you still won’t see each others Story.

An exception to this would be if someone purposefully clicked to upload their Instagram Story to their Facebook Story.

Facebook stressed that you're

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Facebook stressed that you’re “still sharing with the same people”Credit: ec_wife/Twitter

Facebook and Instagram Stories will all appear in the usual Facebook Story section but will be differentiated by colour.

Facebook Stories will still be circled in blue and Instagram Stories in pink / orange.

A screenshot of the feature posted on Twitter revealed Facebook explained: “Your Instagram followers who chose to link their accounts to Facebook and turn on this viewing setting” are the only people who can view your Story.

The test is said to be limited so you may not experience it yourself.

This new move seems to be part of Facebook’s bigger plan to merge Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

It recently started merging Facebook Messenger and Instagram chat.

Instagram – the key facts

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
  • It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
  • A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
  • The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
  • When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
  • In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
  • In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
  • In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
  • And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month
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 The social media giant will ban political ads in the week before the US presidential election set to take place on November 3.

And, it recently revealed that it has dismantled a Russian ‘influence operation’ made up of accounts and pages spreading fake news.

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