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Technology Instagram testing group story feature despite Facebook ditching it

18:40  07 october  2019
18:40  07 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Facebook might not be giving up on Group Stories just because it 's cutting them from its main app. App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code for a Like other tests , there's no guarantee this will make the cut. That's particularly relevant given the fate of the equivalent feature in Facebook .

Instagram is testing Group Story pic.twitter.com/zNKaV19kYA. Facebook might not be giving up on Group Stories just because it 's cutting them from its main app. App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code for a Group Story

Over the weekend, reverse software engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered by looking through Instagram's code that a group stories feature could soon be coming to the stable version of the app.

a drawing of a face: Instagram is testing Group Stories feature.© instagram Instagram is testing Group Stories feature.

Notable for finding unannounced upcoming features and security vulnerabilities within an application's code, reverse software engineer Jane Manchun Wong recently reported that Facebook-owned Instagram is currently testing Group Stories.

Instagram is testing Group Story

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— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane)

October 5, 2019

This comes as a surprise considering that in September, Facebook discontinued Group Stories after having launched the feature less than a year ago. Though the company did not offer a reason behind its shutdown, it's likely due to the stories not being popularly used.

In any case, a similar feature currently exists in Instagram's test code according to Wong. In the same way users can currently share content to their own stories, they would be able to "Share to Group Story."

While there's no word on whether or not this feature will reach the public, it likely has a better chance to succeed on the image-focused Instagram over Facebook.

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