Facebook is testing a new swipeable, hybrid carousel interface for its app, which will combine the News Feed and Stories into a single feed just like an Instagram or Snapchat Stories.
The interface was first spotted by reverse-engineering specialist and app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. She tested the feature in the Android version of the Facebook app.
In this new design, Stories and News Feed posts — including text posts, pictures, videos, and sponsored posts — appear as part of the same interface. The feature will allow scrolling news feed and stories from left to right instead of top to bottom. Users can tap to Like, react to or comment on feed posts while still in the carousel interface.
A Facebook spokesperson tells TechCrunch that “We are currently not testing this publicly” as the company still needs do a lot more user research before any public experimentation.