Facebook has suspended reviewing and publishing of Spark AR Effects on its platform, including the Facebook app and Instagram. Spark AR is the software used to create augmented reality (AR) filters for Facebook and Instagram.
The company has sent Spark AR reviewers home in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why new effects submitted to Facebook and Instagram will not be approved or published anytime soon.
Meanwhile, the Creators can continue using Spark AR Hub and submit their effects and updates, which will be reviewed at a later date. Facebook says some of its automated validation processes will still be active and give feedback on “some aspects of the submissions,” though. There’s no exact time frame mentioned for this suspension, but the company says it will share updates in Spark AR Hub when there’s some to share.