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Facebook tests its Snapchat-like Stories feature in Ireland

The social media powerhouse tests a feature that lets Facebook users share photos and videos that vanish within 24 hours.

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Sick of your Facebook photos hanging around forever, only to reappear years later in spooky montages of friends and family members? Soon you might have the option to have them automatically disappear.

Facebook is testing a feature it calls "Stories" in Ireland. Similar to Snapchat Stories, the feature lets Facebook users share photos and video that disappear after no more than 24 hours. They won't appear on users' main Timeline.

Facebook plans to expand the test to other countries in the coming months.

"We want to make it fast and fun for people to share creative and expressive photos and videos with whoever they want, whenever they want," the company said in a statement.

Last year, Facebook added Stories to its photo-based social media platform Instagram. Both features mimic the Stories on rival Snapchat, where content disappears after a short time. Other Snapchat-like features tested by Facebook include new camera and messaging features and mask effects.

What's next, Facebook Spectacles?

Update, 10:22 a.m. PT: Adds comment and additional information from Facebook.

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