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Facebook testing ‘read it later’ feature

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With an aim to encourage people to read and share news articles and stories and to increase engagement Facebook is reportedly testing a new feature, which will allow users to save shared links on the site for later reading just like on Instapaper, Readability and Pocket.

The feature will come in the form of a small iBook-like bookmark button attached to stories shared in the News Feed, reported MyTechSkool, which also published a screenshot of the said feature. The user will just need to click on the button to set aside the link in a ‘saved’ menu inside a user’s Facebook apps menu.

“We’re constantly testing new features, but we have nothing further to share at this time”, said a Facebook spokesperson responding to AllThingsD’ query.

Saved-Apps-SideBarThe Facebook sidebar menu also features a new ‘Saved’ option listing the saved links with ‘Link Saved Time,’ a thumbnail, link title, website name, meta description and the privacy type. The link can be easily shared and removed with a swipe to the left gesture.

Speculations are that that Facebook is also working on its own newsreader-like feature making the site a destination for media content and discovery.