Facebook offers Snapchat-style photo filters

Snapchat: a repeated source of inspiration for Facebook and Instagram
Snapchat: a repeated source of inspiration for Facebook and Instagram

Less than a week after borrowing one of Snapchat's defining features for Instagram, Facebook has looked to its younger rival for inspiration once more.

Limited to Canada and Brazil for the time being, Facebook has introduced new filters which can be used to jazz up photos in various ways, such as turning faces into animations.

Snapchat features a wide range of these filters, and they are increasingly being used as sponsorship opportunities for brand partners.

Tech editor Shona Ghosh tries out the new filters

Last week, Instagram introduced Stories, a new feature in which users can share posts that disappear after 24 hours – an idea with no small debt to Snapchat.

Facebook told USA Today that it was testing the concept of putting the camera front and centre in its mobile app, a la Snapchat – a feature it eventually expects to roll out to its entire user base. 

"We are going to learn. That's our main objective,"  said Facebook product manager Sachin Monga. "We're really excited to see what people think."

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