Facebook continues to ‘borrow’ Snapchat features as it checks swipeable filters, sticker labels & text overlays in iOS app

Facebook has rather a long history of finding inspiration in the Snapchat app, from Poke back in 2012 (which was pulled last month) to Slingshot. TechCrunch reports that the business is now testing a trio of new features in its iOS app, all which simulate functions available in Snapchat.

The brand-new image uploader adds:

  • swipeable filters, allowing you to instantly preview the results
  • the ability to paste Facebook stickers on top of photos
  • the choice to overlay text on a photo


Facebook appears to have rolled-out the new version of the app to a restricted variety of users so far. Many of the photo filters are based upon the seasons …… Facebook suggests that filters are available by displaying a vertical white line throughout a photo, which can be swiped left or ideal to instantly preview the impact. In the release TechCrunch tried, six filters were offered.

“Auto”color correction,” Vintage “sepia, brilliant “Spring”, golden “Summer”, orange”Fall”, muted “Winter “, and black-and-white “Snow”filters. The swiping feels satisfying and makes it fast compare adjacent filters, though a bit harder to pick in between 2 that aren’t next to each other.


A magic wand icon offers access to the text and sticker overlays, shown in the image at the top. It’s not yet understood the number of individuals now have the capability to entirely ruin their images, or when the new version of the app will be presented to everybody.


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