Facebook tests a GIF maker on iOS

Isaac Cain
July 15, 2017

Some Facebook users will now be able to create their own GIFs using the camera function in the social networking giant's app.

Facebook has been building out the camera in its main app for a while now, and today is adding a new GIF function. According to The Next Web the GIFs it creates last only "a few seconds".

The new feature was spotted by TNW's Matt Navarra, and for now, it's visible to some iOS users.

A screenshot of Facebook's camera showing the GIF option at the top. But you can only share the resulting GIFs on your Facebook story or as posts on your Facebook page.

You will see the GIF creator button at the top of the Facebook iOS app screen, and this is where you need to click.

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GIFs are hugely popular form of self-expression on a number of social networks, including apps like Twitter and Tumblr, but Facebook had been slow to adopt the medium. Normal lets you take photos and record normal videos, while GIF lets you record a three-second clip.

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

Apparently, the feature is only available in the iOS version of the Facebook app, as those who discovered the feature on their iOS devices did not see it on the newest version of the app running on Android. Now it's going yet another step further by testing a GIF creator.

These animated GIFs cannot be shared on other platforms but can be saved as videos.

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