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Facebook has begun testing 'floating videos'

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Let the optimal scrolling begin.

Facebook is now testing a new feature that will allow users to detach a video from the news feed, move it anywhere within the browser and continue scrolling— similar to Twitter and Tumblr.

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After hearing that some users would like to watch videos while scrolling through their feeds, Facebook decided to give it a try. "We're running a small test where you can create a smaller floating screen, which continues playing the video while you scroll through your news feed," a spokesperson for the social network told CNBC.

The option is available to select users via an icon in the lower-right corner of a video, placed between the HD and full-screen icons. For those users who do have access to the feature, it is only available on desktop and does not function on the social network's mobile app as of now.

Facebook said in April that the social network now generates more than 4 billion video views per day.