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Facebook Messenger Rolls Out New Features Aplenty in Video Chat

The social media app has introduced new features on its video chat


Updated:June 28, 2017, 10:43 AM IST
Facebook Messenger Rolls Out New Features Aplenty in Video Chat
Facebook Messenger. (Image courtesy: Facebook)
Aiming to take on its competitors, and make video chats with your friends and family in Messenger more fun, Facebook has now added new features -- animated reactions, filters, masks and effects, and the ability to take screenshots -- for one-on-one and group video chats.

Users can choose one of the five Messenger emoji icons to amplify their emotions and express love, laughter, surprise, sadness or anger. "These reactions will animate onto the screen and then disappear, so you can express yourself in the moment," Facebook said on Monday.

Users can choose from a variety of filters, ranging from subtle lighting tweaks to bold colour changes -- like black and white, red, or yellow. Masks in Messenger have been available for a while, but they are even more fun now with a bunch of new ones to choose from. Some masks have hidden effects, like reacting to your facial movements. "We have also added animated effects, like falling hearts and twinkling stars, to give your video chats expressive flair," said Nora Micheva, Product Manager, Messenger.

Unlike reactions, masks and effects stay on the screen for the duration of the video chat, or until you take them off or switch to another one. People like to take screenshots of their video chats and share them with friends, and Messenger video chat now has a new feature to make it happen.
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