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Facebook finally testing GIF button for News Feed comments

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Written by Kamil Arli

The Express.co reported that Facebook finally testing GIF button for News Feed comments

Facebook is about to get a lot more interactive with a much-desired update to your News Feed.

The social media giant has confirmed it will soon look to introduce the ability to add in animated GIFs to comments made on the site.

This means that you’ll finally be able to to add a little bit more action to the comments being left on Facebook posts and status updates.

GIFs are short animated clips played on a loop, commonly used on social media sites to react to a post or comment.

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Helping save space and convey emotions or reactions quickly

They have proved increasingly popular on other sites such as Twitter, helping save space and convey emotions or reactions quickly.

Facebook fans have been able to upload GIFs as posts since 2015, with Facebook Messenger users also able to use the clips as part of their chats, but the new launch marks the first time that GIFs have broken into new areas.

The site has also embraced auto-play videos on the home page for some time, although this addition has proved markedly less popular among many users.

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GIFs have become an incredibly popular way to comment online

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Comment GIFs will begin rolling out next week, although only a small number of users will see the new feature to begin with as Facebook tests the change first.

For now we repeat that this is just a test

“Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to use them in comments,” Facebook told TechCrunch in a statement.

“So we’re about to start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments and we’ll share more when we can, but for now we repeat that this is just a test.”

The news is the latest attempt by Facebook to keep the site fresh and engaging for its users.

The company is currently trialling an update to its Reactions feature that includes a new thumbs down reaction, which many users had clamoured for for some time.

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FB allow users to link together a number of different social media accounts

Users will be able to add Reactions by tapping a button next to the text, which will summon a menu similar to that seen beneath Facebook posts.

Facebook is also reportedly trialling a new feature that will allow users to link together a number of different social media accounts, including the likes of Instagram, Skype, Twitter and YouTube among others.

This could soon mean that Facebook users would be able to switch between sites with just a click, and turn their profile page into a one-stop social media showcase.

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