January 25, 2017 at 09:51PM

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The competition couldn’t be more heated. Facebook has released a near identical clone of Snapchat Stories, the company announced Wednesday. 

It wouldn’t be the first time. Back in August, Facebook-owned Instagram released Instagram Stories, which almost exactly copied the photo-and-video feature created by Snapchat. That’s turned out quite successful for Facebook. Instagram Stories has more than 150 million daily active users, which is on par with Snapchat’s latest statistics. 

For now, Facebook Stories is only available in Ireland, where the company has been testing a new “in-app camera” since October 2016. Facebook is still “testing” the Stories feature, a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable in an email.  Read more…

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