Facebook could host talent shows in future app release

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Facebook is developing a talent show feature for its app which would allow users to pick a pop song and submit a recording for review.

The in-development feature was discovered by Jane Manchun Wong in the code for the most recent version of the app.

Ms Wong told Sky News that as the feature was still under development it wouldn’t be available for users until an official release – however, she was able to identify it by reverse engineering the app’s code.

The music available seems to be available through the same deal as Instagram music stickers, which allows users to give their Instagram stories a soundtrack.

TalentShow appears to allow users to record vertical videos as part of their auditions.

Vertical video has been stressed as a mobile-friendly video format by Mark Zuckerberg to investors, although this was in specific reference to Instagram’s new IGTV feature.

“I found it strange on why’d they ship it on Facebook instead of Instagram,” said Ms Wong.

It follows a similar feature for a trivia game show that Ms Wong discovered in the app’s code – but it could end up only being available to specific pages and not for general use.

A spokesperson for Facebook was unable to immediately comment.



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