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Snapchat is proving to be very, erm, inspirational. After Instagram released its Stories feature—pretty much coping the very essence of Snapchat—its big brother Facebook unveiled new mobile updates on Tuesday that kinda reminds us of…Snapchat.

Check out the new camera filters, stories on Messenger, and direct tool.

When you open your camera on the Facebook app, you’ll find filters that you can add to your images—very much like those filters that made Snapchat such a success among kiddos. But Facebook takes it a notch higher: The social media giant is collaborating with film studios to create masks for movies like Alien: Covenant, Despicable Me 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Power Rangers, Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Wonder Woman.

Users can also apply style effects or artistic filters to videos in real time.

Stories meanwhile is very much the same thing as Snapchat the Stories feature on IG, which Facebook owns if we may remind as well as on Facebook Messenger. It lets users post photos and videos that will only be up for 24 hours.

Users can add stories by tapping the “Your Story” icon in the Stories bar.

Finally, “Direct” is the tool that will allow you share videos or photos privately with specific friends, also for a limited time.

According to Facebook’s Product Manager Connor Hayes, their goal with the update is to let our camera “do the talking” and to be more open and connected to everyone.

“We hope that with the new Facebook camera, Stories and Direct, it will be easier than ever to see the world through each other’s eyes, and we can’t wait to see the photos and videos you create,” he added.

Watch this for more details about the update:

Today, we’re excited to introduce the new Facebook camera. We think it’ll give everyone more ways to express themselves and share what they’re up to. So from now on, you can just let your camera do the talking.

Posted by Facebook on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

[Manila Bulletin; Photos by Facebook]


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