Report: Facebook working on standalone camera app

Say cheese. Facebook is reportedly working on a standalone camera app similar to Snapchat, sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

A team in London is developing a prototype of the app, which opens to a camera, and would allow users to stream live video too.

While sources told The Wall Street Journal that the app is still in its early stages and might not be released, it could help the social media company get its 1.6 billion users to share more personal photos and videos.

In April, The Information reported that Facebook users were posting fewer items about their personal lives, but has been working on ways to combat that decline. Citing confidential data, the news agency said that “original broadcast sharing” as of mid-2015 dropped 21 percent year over year.

SiliconBeat reached out to Facebook for a comment, but a spokeswoman noted that the tech firm doesn’t comment on rumor and speculation.

Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have been fueling the rise of live video in the past year, releasing new features for users to share more raw footage. While Twitter has its standalone live streaming app Periscope, Facebook users have to click on a “live video” button in a status update to start broadcasting.

Unlike Snapchat, which allows users to share photos and videos that disappear after a certain time limit, Facebook’s app opens to a News Feed of stories that also include text.

Facebook has launched a camera app before called “Facebook Camera,” but removed it from the app store in 2014 after it failed to take off.

The social media company is scheduled to report its first quarter earnings on Wednesday.

Photo Credit:  Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook’s F8 Developers Conference Tuesday morning, April 12, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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