SAN FRANCISCO: Social media giant Facebook has started rolling out its own version of Bitmoji called avatars in the US.
Avatars were first introduced last year and got since made available in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Canada.
According to CNET, with the US release now, Facebook is additionally expanding its customizable options to add more hairstyles, complexions and outfits, giving more people the choice to form avatars that really look more like them.
Facebook described avatars as digital personas that permit people to engage in a more personal, dynamic way, with a variety of emotions.
"So many of our interactions lately are happening online, which is why it's more important than ever to be ready to express yourself personally on Facebook.
"Avatars enable you to share a variety of emotions and expressions via a digital persona that's uniquely representative of you, so we're excited to bring this new sort of self-expression to more people around the world," Fidji Simo Facebook application head, said during a post.
A user can create their own avatar by heading towards the Facebook or Messenger comment composer and clicking on the smiley button, followed by the sticker tab. One can then click "create your avatar" from there.
Presently, the avatars are often used with Facebook comments and Messenger conversations. They can even be displayed on your Facebook gaming profile. But soon, Facebook says avatars are going to be ready to be utilized in text posts with backgrounds.