Facebook has already added a camera feature called Stories to its WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger apps and was reported to be testing it earlier this year. The features will allow your friends view photos or videos in your story for 24 hours, and stories won't appear on your Timeline or in News Feed unless you post them there, too.
Finally, Direct is essentially Snapchat's core functionality redux: Facebook users can send direct messages, photos and videos to friends that disappear immediately after they're opened. The recent update to the social media website app reportedly features three new upgrades namely - Facebook Direct, Facebook Stories and the Snapchat-like camera effects.
Facebook Stories, which will roll out to users in the coming weeks, will allow users to string together several photos and videos that friends can view for up to 24 hours.
As for Facebook Stories, well, you know what this is. Another option available for the slightly shy users is to share images and stories privately by posting it through Facebook Direct.
Other effects, such as animations and other interactive filters, are a new twist to dressed-up photos.
The only drawback of the Facebook's new feature is that the stories shared is visible to all the "friends", and one can not opt out from the feature or hide it on his/ her timeline, as of now. With Facebook Stories, simply tap on the "Your Story" button and take photos or videos. The app now offers several masks, including sponsored ones by movies, such as Alien: Covenant and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2. For the story to show up in the news feed they will have to post it there by selecting the "Your Story" icon in the Stories bar. Once the conversation on the story ends, the conversation will no longer be visible in Direct.