• Facebook has launched its Avatar feature in South Africa.
  • The Facebook Avatar feature allows users to create cartoon-like versions of themselves.
  • The Facebook Avatar can be set as your profile picture or used to send stickers to others.
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Facebook has just launched its avatars feature in South Africa. Avatars are cartoon-like versions of yourself that you can use as stickers on Facebook and Messenger.

You can customise your avatar to look like yourself, and change the expression, clothing or background. It's not exactly a new concept - it was first made popular on Snapchat as bitmojis. Various companies have rolled out their own versions, including Apple's memoji.

“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 personalised way possible,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa. “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.”

How to make your own avatar

  • Download the latest version of the Facebook app on your Android or iOS device.
  • Open the Facebook app and login to your account.
  • Click on the three lines menu at the top right corner.
  • Scroll down and click on ‘See More’.Then, click on ‘Avatar and then click on ‘Next’.
  • You can now start creating your avatar by selecting a skin tone and then clicking on ‘Next’.
  • You can change your hairstyle, face shape, eye shape, eyewear, body shape and other body features.
  • Once you have changed all the features, click on ‘Done’ at the top right corner.
  • Now, click on ‘Next’ and you will be able to see your finished avatar.

(Compiled by Edward-John Bottomley, with additional reporting by Rounak Jain)

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