Facebook Introduces Avatars Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Tech World

Aug. 19, 2020, 5:02 p.m.

Facebook has launched Avatars in Africa to encourage better self-expression online.

An avatar is a digitized persona that helps users communicate in Facebook and messenger in a personalized-dynamic way. They comprise sticker packs and GIF integrations and can be used to share emotions and expressions through a unique digital profile.

We interact with avatars every day in Messenger, Stories, chats, comments, and text backgrounds. Sometimes they save us time expressing emotion when we are tired of texting or unable to express it due to the language barrier.

It gets easier to express emotions and feelings when communicating with friends and family.

As it turns out, Facebook’s new avatars are customizable from their hairstyles, outfits, and complexions. There are even avatars that express solidarity during the COVID-19 season.

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As part of her statement during the press release, Facebook Regional Director Nunu Ntshingila said, “Facebook is home to some of your most personal content and we want to allow people to share and react to that content in the most personalized way possible.”

“We’re excited to give people more options to convey their identity on Facebook, allowing them to share in a more personal, light-hearted way,” she added.

To use one of the new avatars, go to Facebook/ Messenger comment composer, touch the ‘smiley’ button if you are using a smartphone, then click the sticker tab after which you can create your own avatar.

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