Facebook has never looked more like Snapchat

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Instagram and Facebook Messenger both got "stories" in pretty much the same implementation as Snapchat, and now it's the Facebook app getting the feature.

While imitation probably isn't the sincerest form of flattery among competing tech companies, Facebook's new Snapchat-like app updates are an obvious hat tip to Snapchat's years-old features. Facebook has also partnered up with a number of major film makers to add new masks from Power Rangers, Alien: Covenant, Despicable Me 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Wonder Woman and Smurfs: Lost Village.

Facebook's spin on Snapchat-style photo sharing officially launched Tuesday with a fancy new camera packed with photo effects and function.

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Friends' Stories will sit right at the top of the News Feed in the Facebook app, so users won't be able to miss them. No stories will appear on your News Feed or Timeline unless you post them.

The app has a new camera feature on the left corner screen of your News Feed. With Direct, you can share individual photos and videos with specific friends for a limited time. Once the conversation on the photo or video ends, the content will automatically disappear.

The features will be rolling out to Android and iOS users this week, so keep an eye out for that update notification in Google Play.

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Besides checking out your friends' stories, you could also add stories of your own.

The company is marketing the new update as a new "camera" feature, that offers new effects and ways to share your photos. While Instagram allows you to add stickers on the photo or video after the picture is clicked, Facebook allows to add an animated filter before clicking the picture.

Expect the new features to hit the app stores in the coming days. Just like Snapchat Stories, the photos or videos can be viewed for 24 hours and would be erased after that.

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With the help of stories the Facebook app users can now share them with friends and can see what they have shared in last 24 hours.

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