291: Facebook Builds A New Platform, But Will It Become A New Community?

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Facebook VR Spaces Platform

Facebook held their F8 developers conference last week and they continued to build out their platform. The big focus was creating a camera effects platform where developers can create their own filters for people. They also created more bots for Messenger and showed of some new VR spaces. Facebook continues to demonstrate that they’re a technology company and not just a social media website. The rest of the stories are below.

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Facebook held their F8 developers conference last week. The big news is that they’re moving beyond copying Snapchat and turning their camera filters into a full blown platform. They also shared more about their social VR experience called Spaces. Lots of links below to check out each specific announcement.
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