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Facebook Messenger adds World Cup-themed filters and games

Paint yourself in your favorite competing team's colors (sorry, USA).
David Lumb, @OutOnALumb
June 11, 2018
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From video games to sports broadcasters to Twitter, everyone's getting World Cup fever. So why not chat apps? Facebook Messenger is getting several features timed for the global soccer event, including camera and a few games to play with friends you're talking with.

The Messenger app's camera now has filters for face paint and 'festive wigs' designed for every competing team (sorry, USA), along with frame effects featuring the flags of each country in the tournament and custom ones for each match (like France vs. Australia, for example). A few of the existing 'hidden' games like Keepie Uppie and fantasy instant game theScore both have special World Cup versions, while new title Golden Boot (downloadable from the Messenger's games tab) lets players try out their free kick skills.

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