Facebook launches new Avatar feature for News Feed and Messenger
TechCrunch reports. The rest of the world will get it in late 2019 or early 2020 on all compatible platforms.
If you're living in Australia, you should start seeing a smiley-face button in the News Feed comment composer and Messenger sticker chooser, which will allow you to create your Facebook Avatar. Although only users in Australia will be able to create these Avatars, users worldwide will see them without any issues.
Although there's no option to create an Avatar starting with a selfie or profile pic yet, Facebook says that it's going to implement it if they manage to master the creation process. Another important thing confirmed by Facebook is that these avatars won't be monetized, at least not at launch, so there won't be any accessories or clothing options that you'll be able to get for real money.
Last but not least, Facebook might allow users to include Avatars as profile pictures or in Groups, but that's more of a long term project rather than an immediate plan.