Got camera? Facebook adds more Snapchat-like features

Facebook's other new Snapchat-copycat features are filters and animations that can be added to images.

28 March 2017 | 17:40

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 28 March 2017 | 17:40

In this May 16, 2012 file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook is adding more Snapchat-like features to its app. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NEW YORK: Facebook is adding more Snapchat-like features to its app. The company says it wants to let people's cameras "do the talking" as more people are posting photos and videos instead of blocks of text.

With the update coming to users starting Tuesday, Facebook is adding a camera icon to the top left corner of its mobile app. Users can tap it to open their phone's camera to do a photo or video post. Users could post photos from the app before, it just took two taps.

Facebook's other new Snapchat-copycat features are filters and animations that can be added to images, and a "stories" feature that lets users post photos and videos that stay live for 24 hours.

Snapchat pioneered the camera-first sharing and is wildly popular with younger users.

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