Facebook Messenger Just Added Four New Features for Video Chats

Emojis, filters, masks and screenshots of video chats

Facebook Messenger ushered in the new week by announcing four new features Monday morning.

Emojis can now be added to video conversations, allowing participants to express love, laughter, surprise, sadness or anger.

Messenger users can now add filters “ranging from subtle lighting tweaks to bold color changes—like black and white, red, or yellow.”

New masks have been added to Messenger, and some of them include hidden effects and react to hand and facial movements.

And Messenger users can now take screenshots of their video chats to share with other friends who were not part of the chat.

Facebook vice president of messaging products David Marcus also posted about the new features (embedded below):

Messenger’s video chat capability is one of the areas I’m the proudest about in terms of quality across devices and overall experience. And people are using it more and more every day across the world. This is why I’m thrilled to start rolling out four new improvements to one-on-one and group video chats starting today:

  • Reactions: Tapping on the right emoji at the right time will amplify emotions you want to convey in real time.
  • Filters: Switching to black and white and many more will add a layer of fun and expressiveness to your chats.
  • New masks: Masks make moments in video truly special because you can witness the reaction of other participants in real time, so we’ve added new ones for you to have even more fun.
  • Capture: We’ve heard from many of you that you love capturing video chat moments, especially since we launched masks. Now with new ones, Reactions and filters, there will be a lot more to capture, share and save, so we’ve made this really easy and native. We think you’re going to love this new capability.

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.