What are Facebook Instant Articles?
Facebook introduced Facebook Instant Articles (FIAs) to provide mobile device users with a better experience while reading content linked from within Facebook. Content appears almost instantly – typically, in less than a third of a second, as compared with average load times of 3-5 seconds for regular links. The other terrific thing about FIAs is that these articles provide a more enjoyable and immersive experience – with higher-quality imagery, more interactive capabilities (such as panning images by tilting the phone) and other advanced features – which result from FIAs being created in mobile-optimized HTML5 code. Users can easily identify links to FIAs by the lightning bolt icon shown on an article’s image preview.