Facebook Adds AR Doodling & Instagram’s Boomerang to Stories

With Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg having gone to Congress and testify about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, as well as discuss the tech platform’s data vulnerabilities, and more — the social media/networking giant is slated to introduce a new feature with the Facebook Camera, reports Tech Crunch.

Users will be able to draw on images and shoot back-and-forth Instagram Boomerang GIFs with the Facebook Camera and it will be rolling out to users over the coming weeks. “We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them,” says John Barnett, a Facebook Camera Product Manager, and calls the feature “3D drawing.”

Essentially utilizing AR tech, users can move the camera and add the drawings before or while recording, allowing you to draw on something out of frame, then pan or unzoom to reveal it, as the camera will be able to detect surfaces like walls and tables to wrap the drawing onto them. Facebook will eventually add more brushes beyond the pastel gradient colors as seen in the video above.

In addition, Facebook added the looping GIF creation to the Facebook Camera a year ago, but some users no longer have that GIF option, so it’s potentially being replaced by Boomerang’s established brand. Facebook confirms that this feature is now rolling out to the Facebook Camera.

Furthermore, Facebook aims to make its Stories as a priority, as its default destination for content will be shot with the Facebook Camera, showing bigger tiles with previews of Stories atop the News Feed, and combined with the new features, would give Facebook Stories a boost in utility.

For the full story, head on over to Tech Crunch.

In related news, this startup is using artificial intelligence to fight fake news on Facebook.

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