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FACE­BOOK is launch­ing a slew of up­dates to its Sto­ries fea­ture. The so­cial me­dia gi­ant will now let users save pho­tos and videos to the Face­book cloud, ar­chive Face­book Sto­ries and share voice mes­sages with friends.

For now, the up­dates are only rolling out to users in In­dia, but Face­book says they will soon ar­rive world­wide, ac­cord­ing to TechCrunch.

A few of the fea­tures appear to be cater­ing to­wards users with en­try-level de­vices that live in ar­eas with low-band­width in­ter­net, or with lim­ited space on their phone.

Now, users have the op­tion to save pho­tos or videos di­rectly to Face­book’s Cam­era, in­stead of be­ing forced to save them to their phone's cam­era roll.

An­other up­com­ing fea­ture will al­low users to ar­chive their Face­book Sto­ries, not un­like Instagram’s rel­a­tively new ar­chiv­ing fea­ture.

It’ll au­to­mat­i­cally save your clips af­ter they ex­pire so that you can view them when­ever or choose to re­share them. The tools may per­suade peo­ple in re­gions out­side of North Amer­ica, Europe and Asia to use Face­book Sto­ries more of­ten.

“We know that the per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity of view­ing and post­ing Sto­ries is ex­tremely im­por­tant to peo­ple around the world, es­pe­cially those with slower con­nec­tions,” Face­book's di­rec­tor of Sto­ries Con­nor Hayes told TechCrunch.

“We are al­ways work­ing on ways to im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of view­ing Sto­ries on all types of con­nec­tions, and have been in­vest­ing here — es­pe­cially on our FB Lite app.”

“Saving pho­tos and videos can be used to save what you might want to post later — so you don't have to edit or post them while you're out with friends, and in­stead en­joy the mo­ment at the con­cert or share them later,” Hayes told TechCrunch.

A third up­date lets users up­load au­dio posts to their Face­book Sto­ries, com­bin­ing voice mes­sages with a col­ored back­ground and a photo.

It means that users don't have to type to up­load a voice post, mak­ing it eas­ier than ever to up­load to Face­book Sto­ries.

Face­book hasn’t re­leased any user num­bers for its Sto­ries prod­uct, which launched in mid2017, beyond say­ing that the fig­ures are 'en­cour­ag­ing'.

Last Au­gust, Face­book an­nounced that it was bring­ing Sto­ries to its desk­top site in a move that many viewed as a last-ditch ef­fort to make the prod­uct pop­u­lar. Face­book ap­pears to be strength­en­ing its fo­cus on the Sto­ries plat­form as it ap­pears the com­mu­ni­ca­tion method shows no signs of be­com­ing any less pop­u­lar. So it seems un­likely that Face­book will aban­don its Sto­ries plat­form any­time soon.

Face­book-owned What­sApp also rolled out new group-chat fea­tures on Tues­day, in­clud­ing more con­trols for ad­min­is­tra­tors as well as reg­u­lar group mem­bers. Users can now leave a group per­ma­nently to avoid be­ing re­peat­edly added back af­ter they have left, Face­book In­cowned What­sApp said in a blog post. Ad­min­is­tra­tors can no longer be re­moved from a group they cre­ated and users can now quickly lo­cate mes­sages that men­tion them in a group con­ver­sa­tion.

Groups on What­sApp have taken a cen­tral role in the mes­sag­ing ser­vice that has more than 1 bil­lion users, help­ing con­nect peo­ple with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests across the globe.

Daily Mail & Reuters Users can now save their pho­tos or videos to the Face­book Cam­era and Sto­ries will au­to­mat­i­cally ar­chive the posts

An­other users to a un­like Ins ar­chiv­ing Face­book saved pri launched mid-2017. al­lows us videos to a cer­tain

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