PS4 integration to Facebook scrapped

Sony Interactive Entertainment is removing Facebook integration from the PlayStation 4. As of Monday, Oct. 7, Facebook features will no longer be supported on Sony’s current-gen system. This means that PS4 owners won’t be able to share gameplay, screenshots, and other gaming activities via Facebook.

The removal of Facebook integration also means that PS4 owners won’t be able to find PlayStation Network friends via their Facebook accounts. They can’t search and add Facebook friends. Imported Facebook profile photos are also no longer supported, Sony has said.

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But Facebook itself warned back in July that it would revoke both PlayStation and Microsoft’s Facebook integration. Under pressure to tighten its policies after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and as part of a new agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission, Facebook described PlayStation and Microsoft’s continued integration with the social network as “a bug” due to “old code supporting known experiences for people”.

“Based on our previous commitments, we are ending these partners’ access to friend data immediately,” Facebook wrote at the time. “This was our mistake, and we are correcting it.”

Though, as of yet, there’s no explanation from PlayStation why Facebook integration has been pulled without prior warning.

The social network stated it was in talks with PlayStation to return the features at some point:

“We’re working with Sony to finalise an updated contract designed to improve the Facebook integration on PlayStation. While these discussions are in progress, Facebook features will not be available on PlayStation 4. We hope to bring these features back as soon as our teams reach agreement.”

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A new firmware update for PlayStation 4 is rolling out this week. Version 7.00 of the PS4’s system software will increase the number of players in parties and adds new Remote Play options.

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