Sony announced that as of last night support for Facebook on the PS4 was being terminated, meaning users can no longer use the features many features provided by the social media platform.
While I’m sure it’s not exactly a distressing situation for many, it is admittedly strange thing to see Sony removing Facebook integration from the PS4. Announced last night in a post on the PlayStation Support website, support for Facebook was being permanently removed from Sony’s current generation of consoles, meaning that users can no longer share videos, screenshots or general gaming activities onto their Facebook page. Players cannot upload profile pictures from their Facebook profiles to their PlayStation accounts and will be barred from discovering PlayStation Network friends through Facebook friends lists.
While Sony provided no reason regarding the abrupt halting of Facebook on its platform, Facebook has said that it’s necessary as the two companies renegotiate their deal.
“We’re working with Sony to finalise an updated contract designed to improve the Facebook integration on PlayStation,” A Facebook spokesperson told Kotaku.
“While these discussions are in progress, Facebook features will not be available on PlayStation 4. We hope to bring these back as soon as our teams reach agreement.”
This might have something to do with Facebook clamping down on third-party companies using the information that can be shared from people’s profiles. Following a scandal in 2018 which saw a software bug providing Sony and Microsoft (amongst others) access to private information on Facebook, the social media site has been drastically re-evaluating their security options and permissions granted to outside companies that may utilise the information available.
PlayStation 4 users will still be able to use Twitter to show off their sick 70% combos in Mortal Kombat or whatever fancy screenshot they could capture in Horizon: Zero Dawn, which is arguably a lot better. Come over to Twitter, Facebook users! It’s where all the cool kids play and be tormented by online strangers for having innocuous opinions about a random episode of The A-Team that aired 40 years ago.
Last Updated: October 8, 2019