Facebook adds Snapchat-like camera filters to Instagram

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The latest update introduces a new set of face filters in the camera, which allows users to turn their selfies into amusing photos. While we may believe the face masks have been lifted from Spiegel's ephemeral messaging app, the company's product head Kevin Weil seems to differ with this opinion.

When you're done recording, you can send it to your best friends through Instagram Direct or add it to your story. Despite criticisms of Instagram's unoriginality, Stories have clearly been a success.

The company also added a new hashtag sticker and the ability to make a custom hashtag with simple text. It follows the launch of Snapchat's own eraser earlier this month that lets you remove objects from a photo by tapping the scissors tool. Face Filters work not only with photos, but also with videos and Boomerangs. Crowns, animal ears and every other face adorning item that Snapchat made popular now appears in the update. Anyone will then be able to tap the sticker and see related posts. During his TechCrunch Disrupt interview, Weil reluctantly acknowledged that Instagram's strategy around stories and filters was inspired by and came at the expense of Snapchat.

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If you're all over social media like all the cool kids these days, then you'll surely have noticed features that were once unique to Snapchat gradually popping up on Instagram over time. Simply called Rewind, the new feature can be found right in the middle of Boomerang mode and Hands-Free mode.

All of this is available in the latest Instagram release, which is available now on Android and iOS.

Instagram isn't bothered by the Snapchat comparisons (or even the accusations of theft). After you've taken a photo or video, select a drawing tool and tap and hold to fill the entire screen with color. "Good ideas start out in one place and spread all across the industry", said Weil. "It's a format, and it's going to be adopted widely".

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