Facebook to let you automatically share Instagram Stories on Facebook

“People on Facebook who don’t follow you on Instagram can’t see your story.”

Facebook and Instagram Stories

Facebook laid a strategy of integrating its three giant social media platforms and there has been progress since the merging started. For example last month Facebook rolled out the merging of Messenger and Instagram Chat, however the merging is not yet available to all people globally.

The latest developments in the path to unifying its portfolio of apps, Facebook is testing automatic sharing of Instagram stories on the giant social media platform. Some Facebook users are now reporting being able to watch their Instagram stories directly from the main Facebook app.

The testing is still limited, however. But, there are a few things to note about the new feature. Of course, Facebook and Instagram stories have similar formats, so you won’t explicitly tell which is which. Facebook has a way of letting users differentiate between an Instagram and a Facebook story.

Facebook stories have a blue colour encircling the profile photo while Instagram stories still maintain the same pink/orange hues of the app icon.  Due to Instagram’s granular privacy controls, only followers who have linked their accounts to Facebook will be able to see the cross-posted stories.

Additionally, these followers must also opt in.  But here’s the baseline; you’ll still be sharing stories with the same people.

According to a company spokesperson, Facebook users who have linked their accounts to Instagram can still turn off the feature all together.

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