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Newly discovered Facebook avatars look extremely familiar

Facebook really wants people to express themselves. This time, through the use of lifeless cartoon representations.

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Image: Jane Manchun Wong

Personalized Facebook avatars have recently been discovered in the social network’s Android application by developer Jane Manchun Wong. This reaction emojis, which haven’t been announced, look a lot like Snapchat’s Bitmoji.

As you can see below, the Facebook avatars are cartoon versions of users. 

According to the code Wong uncovered, Facebook Avatars offer a “whole new way to express yourself ” on the network, allowing you to “leave expressive comments with personalized stickers,” as well as use them in Messenger groups and private chats.

As Business Insider discovered, this isn’t the first time Wong uncovered code about a future Facebook product:

Wong spotted Facebook trialing a resumé feature last year, and found hidden code in Instagram’s Android app that lets users add music in the background of their Stories. Finding these gems requires “reverse engineering” often “cryptic machine code,” she told us.

Facebook has yet to confirm when avatars are coming. However, the company did tell TechCrunch, “We’re looking into more ways to help people express themselves on Facebook.”

The maker of Bitmoji, Bitstrips, was purchased by Snap for $64 million in 2016. According to measurement and analytics firm comScore, Bitmoji has seen a 5,210 percent increase in unique visitors since 2015. The Bimoji app is also one of the most popular in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

For more on Facebook, see how to download all of your Facebook history, information on the network’s upcoming dating app, and the new dislike feature now being tested in select countries.

Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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