Facebook adds new filters, masks and reactions to Messenger Video Chat

Facebook Messenger will now let you use filters like Snapchat in video Chat

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Facebook keeps surprising its users by making new changes, adding new features and updating its app constantly. The company has today launched a few new features for video chats in the Messenger app. The new features introduced are similar to some features you can see in the popular social media app, Snapchat. The update will be rolling out within the next few days for both the Android and iOS versions of the Messenger app.

The new features that were introduced today include face masks and effects like a crying face, hearts coming out of your eyes, rabbit mask and more. The masks and effects can stay on throughout the whole video chat which adds to the excitement of users. Some of these are linked to face gestures and can react to something like the opening of the mouth.

Facebook, has introduced these features to better the user experience of video chat on the messenger app. While in a video chat, you can click on the reactions tab, which will open up a menu allowing you to choose one of the five emojis expressing emotions like love, laughter, sadness, surprise or anger. When selected tears, hearts or other reactions will fill up your screen with quick animations. Depending on whether your face is on or off screen, these emoticons will track your face.  These new filters will now allow you to make colourful changes to the video or adjust the lighting the way you want it. You can see how you look before starting the video chat.

Once your smartphone receives the update, you just need to press the camera icon, during the video chat, to save and share images of the video chats you were involved in.