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Instagram Adds Face Filters to Live Videos

Instagram is introducing a new update for iOS and Android devices that’ll be rolling out over the next several weeks: Face Filters for Live Videos. Now, the same filters you can use in posts for your Story can be used during live streams to add some flair to your video. The company details how to use the feature below.

To use face filters in live video, tap the face icon in the bottom right corner before or during your broadcast. Tap any filter to check out a new look, and play around with as many as you’d like. You can also try on the new sunglasses face filter — available exclusively in live video for the next week — and tap to change the scenery reflected in your lenses.

As always, when your broadcast ends, you’ll have the option of either posting it to your Story or discarding it entirely.

This comes at a time when Instagram says over 250 million people use their alternative to Snapchat every day. The feature may be a blatant ripoff of other services, but the company must’ve done something right. Otherwise, it would probably be like Facebook Stories. And by continually updating it like this, I can only imagine the feature becoming more popular in the future.



Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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