Facebook's built-in camera does GIFs now

How do you do, fellow kids: Facebook now lets you create wacky GIFs, because of course

Facebook Camera Gets Its Own Animated GIF Image Creator

As expected, you can use the full range of effects and frames from the Facebook camera.

Facebook has been building the camera in its main app for quite a considerable time. In the camera interface, users will have just swipe right to start creating quick GIFs. Now, the Facebook camera gets a new function that lets users create animated GIFs. But you can only share the resulting GIFs on your Facebook story or as posts on your Facebook page.

If you have it, you'll see a Normal/GIF tab at the top of the screen when you tap the camera icon in the app. Of course it's possible that the company will scrap the feature entirely, as it seems to only be in beta, but most social media users are in love with GIFs so that seems unlikely.

The GIF option wasn't there on my Android phone and on my friend's iPhone running the latest version of Facebook. You also can't send them via other social media platforms, which means this feature, while very fun, won't really work outside of Facebook.

Facebook had instead put the emphasis on video, which also bring a lively quality to the News Feed. Which means they're not much use outside of Facebook. Now it's going yet another step further by testing a GIF creator.

Speaking of GIFs, did you know 13 billion GIFs were sent within the past year on Facebook Messenger alone?

Facebook says more information about the GIF creator will be coming out in the next few weeks.

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