Facebook adds animated reactions and filters to Messenger video chats

Facebook reminds you Messenger video chat exists with new effects

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Facebook Messenger has a video call feature, and in order to promote its use the social media giant has added more features to make the feature more attractive than before.

Among new additions to the video chat feature in Facebook Messenger app, there are animated reactions, as well as new masks and filters likely to appeal to younger audiences.

Among new additions to the video chat feature in Facebook Messenger app, there are animated reactions, as well as new masks and filters likely to appeal to younger audiences.

Messenger video chat reactions are essentially the animated versions of the five Facebook emoji icons you probably already know: love, laughter, surprise, sadness and anger.

Tap any of those emoji icons and the reactions will appear on screen as animations — the love icon, for example, will prompt hearts to fly around your head, while the laughter icon will prompt several laughing emoji heads to crowd the screen.

As for filters and effects, those who are familiar with Facebook’s Snapchat-style Camera will probably already recognize them.

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The filters range from mild color changes to bolder black and white transformations, while mask effects can add everything from a crown to bunny ears to your head.

And if you open or close your mouth, you could even trigger some fun animations. We should note that mask effects like these have already been in Messenger video chat since last December; there’s just simply more of them now.

Finally, taking screenshots while on video chats has now been made simple as users can press the round button in the middle during one-to-one or group calls to capture screens in Messenger app.

Users can choose to either share these screenshots directly to social media or just save the pictures to gallery instead.

If you’re keen on adding more flair to your own video chats, you can try out the new Messenger features starting today.

Let us know in comments down below if you are excited about the prospect of using the new features or not