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Facebook acquires German video-editing start-up

Fake news, it's a big deal on Facebook, and we might just be getting more of it in the form of videos.

In a bid to build on its Augmented Reality (AR) ambitions, Facebook has acquired German computer vision startup Fayteq, which is known for its video-editing technology that makes it possible to add or remove objects from existing videos.

Facebook confirmed the acquisition in an email to Mashable, but a spokesperson declined to provide more details on what the company could add to the social network. The startup is Germany-based, with its LinkedIn page suggesting that it has between 11-50 employees, and a statement on Fayteq's website claiming that its "products and services are not available for purchase".

Facebook recently bought a startup with an expertise in video manipulation, Deutsche Startups reported. Object tracking in live video is also something the company has been working on as part of its augmented reality efforts, which is why it may be interested in Fayteq's patents and other intellectual property as well.

Some aspects of this platform include recognizing real-world objects captured by a smartphone camera and applying digital effects specific to those objects.



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