Facebook Messenger has evolved from a simple Inbox to a platform catering to various facets of social media. The messaging arm of Facebook, Messenger works independently as an app and currently has over 1.2 billion monthly users globally. We ve been noticing one development after the other with Messenger, some of which include a revamped Home screen, group payments, Live Location feature and more. Facebook has introduced a new feature on Messenger and this time it s for video chat. Also Read - Accidently broke Snapchat streak with friends? Here's how to restore itAlso Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
Nothing grand with the new feature, but Facebook aims to make your video chats more lively and exciting. During video chats, you can now add animated reactions, filters, masks and effects. This feature is available for one-on-one and group video chats. In addition to this, you can take screenshots with these effects in play during your video chats. There are five Messenger emoji to select from, and these depict love, laughter, surprise, sadness and anger. The emoji don t just stick on the screen as stationary but animate onto the screen and disappear. These emoji reactions work on selfie mode and on rear mode as well.
There are different colored filters one can choose from, which are mostly used in photos. The different colors include black and white, red and yellow. There are different shades to the colors as well ranging from a slight hue to a bold change. Before applying the filter on the video chat, you can preview it to see how it actually looks. ALSO READ: Messenger users have sent over 2 billion reactions till date: Facebook
Messenger has integrated masks on video chat as well. These masks have already been available on Messenger in its camera. Criticizing Facebook for copying Snapchat has become inevitable now, and it s evident in this feature too, as Snapchat s face filters are a part of Masks in Messenger. Facebook, in its blog writes, Some masks have hidden effects, like reacting to your facial movements. (Hint: try opening your mouth while using the rabbit mask ) We have also added animated effects, like falling hearts and twinkling stars, to give your video chats expressive flair. While Snapchat doesn t have the feature to enable filter during a video chat, it does allow users to chat and use stickers. ALSO READ: Here s why Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram have all turned into each other s clones
As aforementioned, you can take screenshots of your video chats with all the emoji reactions, filters and masks applied. To do so, just tap on the camera icon which is visible on the screen during the video chat. After taking the screenshot, you can either share it on your My Day collection (another Snapchat copy), or share it on other social media platforms. Facebook strongly understands this generation s FOMO (Fear of missing out), and thus the screenshots. ALSO READ: Facebook, Instagram lead to a decline in Snapchat downloads: Report