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Facebook's Latest Feature Is a Video Starring Your Best Friends

Feb 03, 2016

Facebook has found yet another way to bring nostalgia to the top of your News Feed.

The Menlo Park, Calif. firm is rolling out a new feature that stitches together photos you've taken with your closest friends into a brief video.

The feature marks Facebook's celebration of what it calls "Friends Day," or the company's 12th birthday. The videos should start to appear at the top of your News Feed by the middle of the day on Thursday. You'll also be able to access your own video by tapping the "Watch Yours" button below a friend's post.

To make the videos, Facebook compiles images it thinks you'll like based on the people with whom you often interact on the service. You'll have the option to change those photos if you don't like the choices Facebook has made.

Once you're satisfied with the result, you can share the video to your Timeline, where it will be visible to others until the end of Thursday.

These new videos are yet another way Facebook is repackaging old photos and memories. A feature called "On This Day" surfaces posts users made on the same date in years past, while "Year in Review" highlights posts from the past 12 months.

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These features initially caused some controversy, as Facebook sometimes chose photos that resurfaced painful memories like the loss of a loved one. Facebook recently announced that it changed the way it selects photos for the "Year in Review" collection to address that issue.

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