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This news item is part of the weekly top 5 news bulletin (from Week 2, Aug 2023) specially packaged for leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, and Faith-based Social Ventures. 

Snap Launches Lens Creator Rewards, a Funding Program for AR Creation

Snapchat has announced that they are releasing a new creator rewards program or a funding program where any creator who creates AR effects, what they call as Lens, AR Lens, which is an augmented reality effect will get up to $7200 if their Lens, which they create, is a top performing Lens in United States, India or Mexico. And if you are wondering, what is Lens? Is anybody even using it? I’ll give you the statistics that Snapchat gives for you. There are more than 300,000 AR creators, developers, and teams around the world and they have built 3 million Lenses and these Snapchat users have viewed it 5 trillion times. So it is quite big. And if you’re in any kind of youth or teenage ministry, you know that Snapchat is an important channel for you. It’s good for you to explore the option of creating an AR Lens effect for your own ministry brand.

Here is the full list of the Top 5 News Items from Week 2, Aug 2023 with source links from Snap, X, Meta, YouTube, Google.

🗞️ News 1: Meta Launches AI Tools for Generating Music & Audio with Text Prompts   

Source: Meta

🗞️ News 2: Google Search gets New Safety Tools & Chrome gets an Upgrade on Mobile   

Source: Google | Chrome

🗞️ News 3: X (Formerly Twitter) Tests Display of Communities Post on For You Feed  

Source: X Team

🗞️ News 4: YouTube Announces Six New Creative Tools for Shorts include Live Stream       

Source: YouTube

🗞️ News 5: Snap Launches Lens Creator Rewards, a Funding Program for AR Creation 

Source: Snap

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