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Facebook confirms animated GIF support in News Feed


Finally, Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has confirmed that, it extended its platform support to animated GIFs in the News Feed of the social network. The update is still rolling out, not everyone will experience the new changes now itself. The move has finally changed the decisions of Facebook, that always avoid GIFs that make its News Feed too chaotic.Facebook-3

Facebook has more concentrated on video instead of going for GIFs, and in late 2013, the company has introduced an auto play support for videos that brings more liveliness to the News Feed. But, Facebook hasn’t concentrated about the GIFs still, even after the introduction of support for GIFs on Twitter.

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Even though, the company has provided various stickers and other images, it has no full support for GIFs in its News Feed. However, the decision of the social media giant has been reversed today and started supporting GIFs in its News Feed. To start trying, users can copy the already hosted GIFs link and pasted in their Wall. After publishing the content, the GIF image will appear in the inline after the content, and still there is no feature to directly approve GIFs to the Facebook to see the above result.

At the same time,  Facebook spokesman has mentioned in a statement:

“We’re rolling out support for animated GIFs in News Feed. This is so you can share more fun, expressive things with your friends on Facebook.”

The GIF will automatically play in your News Feed, if you have enabled in auto play settings, otherwise you can tap the GIF to play it. Currently, there is no support for GIF in Fan Pages or in Facebook ads. In the meanwhile, GIF images are automatically enabled on Facebook application and not in mobile website. It is still unclear, when the company will implement the feature entirely.

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