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Facebook is building a standalone camera app similar to Snapchat

      Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc.

Facebook is building a standalone camera app similar to 

Snapchat

A team of Facebook engineers in London are working on a standalone camera app with a big live-streaming component, according to a report today in The Wall Street Journal. The app would open straight into a camera, as Snapchat does, to foster immediate capturing and posting of photos and videos, as well as letting users stream via Facebook Live. The app is just a prototype and the experimental effort may never see a finished public release, the report adds.
The company is also planning a feature that allows a user to record video through the app to begin live streaming, the newspaper reported.
A camera app may be more successful if it has tight integration of Facebook Live, which is experiencing explosive growth as mobile live-streaming begins to take off. For Facebook though, it could be repeat of history. The company launched Facebook Camera, a standalone photo app, in 2012 prior to its acquisition of Instagram. It shut it down two years later.
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