Just last month,Facebook discontinued its Group Story feature
[https://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/facebook-will-start-shutting-down-its-group-stories-feature-on-26-september-7387351.html] . And now, weeks later, Instagram has been spotted testing the exact same
feature on the platform.
Reverse app engineerJane Manchun Wang found
[https://twitter.com/wongmjane/status/1180572047065268224],test code for a Group
Story feature in Instagram.
The feature works pretty much as the name sounds. It?s something very similar we
have also seen on Snapchat. Basically, when the Group Story feature goes live,
you can choose to share the story with only the members of the group you share
the story with. This means,?when you create a story and tap on the?Sent To icon,
along with the Your Story, Close Friends Only, and the DM options, you will also
be able to share them to your Instagram DM groups.
> Instagram is testing Group Story pic.twitter.com/zNKaV19kYA
? Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) October 5, 2019
Notably, the feature is currently only being tested and may not make the final
cut. Instagram hasn?t officially revealed anything about the feature. It?s quite
possible that the feature is scrapped considering Facebook recently discontinued
the exact same feature it had on the platform for a while.
Discontinuing the Group Story feature on Facebook on 26 September a spokesperson
from the company said,??We?re sunsetting group stories because we want to make
sure that features in groups enable people to connect in fun and useful ways,
and we?re always looking at ways to improve the overall experience for
communities on Facebook.?