Instagram rolled out a test for hiding the number of likes on posts in 2019. Now, everyone can opt in.
Facebook has rolled out a new pop-up to dissuade users from sharing so-called misinformation.
Facebook released yet another stopgap to prevent what could be seen by some as possible misinformation. “Starting today, we’re testing a way to promote more informed sharing of news articles,” Facebook Newsroom announced via Twitter on May 10. “If you go to share a news article link you haven’t opened, we’ll show a prompt encouraging you to open it and read it,
Facebook Newsroom’s tweet included an attached screenshot showing a pop-up warning a hypothetical user: “You’re about to share this article without opening it. Sharing articles without reading them may mean missing key facts.”
Technology outlet TechRadar suggested that “[i]n its ongoing battle to curb misinformation, Facebook has announced that it’s testing a new feature that will warn users who try to share articles they haven’t actually read.” The same article mentioned that the new warning rollout may not yet be fully implemented: “It’s worth noting that while researching this article, we tried posting several unread articles to Facebook in an attempt to bring up the prompt, however, the articles were simply posted as normal, suggesting the new feature either hasn’t rolled out globally yet, or has only rolled out to select users.”
Facebook also owns Instagram, which has taken similar measures to prevent users from posting offensive content.
Instagram touted its new anti-bullying artificial intelligence program in a Dec. 16, 2019 blog about the social media giant’s “long-term commitment to lead the fight against online bullying.” Instagram claimed the AI program “notifies people when their captions on a photo or video may be considered offensive, and gives them a chance to pause and reconsider their words before posting.”
Another Instagram blog specified that the platform’s warning program gives users “a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification. From early tests of this feature, we have found that it encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they have had a chance to reflect.”
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Blizzard has quietly rolled out Xbox Series X and S enhancements for Overwatch, but PS5 hasn’t received the same treatment.
The news was revealed in the game’s March 9 patch notes over on the Blizzard forums, in a post which details a series of new performance mode optimizations coming to the game for next-gen Xbox players.
Players are now able to switch between three different graphics option modes to suit their preferred playstyle:
- Resolution: Series X: 4K @ 60Hz, Series S: 1440p @ 60Hz – “This mode prefers higher-resolution output at the cost of some image-quality”
- Balanced: Series X: 1440p @ 60Hz, Series S: 1080p @ 60Hz – “This mode prefers image-quality at the cost of resolution”
- Framerate: Series X: 1440p @ 120Hz, Series S: 1080p @ 120Hz – “This mode prefers higher frame-rate at 120 frames-per-second at the cost of both image-quality and resolution”
These modes take advantage of the extra horsepower of the Series S and X to deliver higher resolutions and framerates, allowing users to play Overwatch at native 4K or 120 FPS on consoles for the first time. Bear in mind that you’ll need a 120hz or Variable Refresh Rate-compatible TV to take advantage of the ‘Framerate’ option.
Blizzard hasn’t revealed any upgrades in the pipeline for the PlayStation version of the game, which means PlayStation 5 players will be stuck with the PlayStation 4 version of the game for the time being (although PS5 hardware does naturally offer some in-built improvements). We’ve contacted Blizzard for comment on whether PS5 will be getting its own enhancements.
In other Overwatch news, the game recently made our list of the 25 best modern PC games. Here’s our big interview with Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan about Overwatch 2, the forthcoming sequel.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.
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Sony has rolled out the 20.02-02.25.00 system update for PlayStation 5, which weighs in at 866MB.
Specifics aren’t known right now, with the official description simply saying that “This system software update improves system performance.” We’ve contacted Sony for comment on what the update should be changing.
Since launch, unconfirmed reports have pointed to potential issues with PS5’s rest mode and external hard drive-related crashes – this update may be an attempt to fix those.
Sadly, having tested it for myself, this update seemingly does not fix the download queue bug that’s hit Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, among other games.
If you want to download the update manually, head to: Settings > System > System Software > System Software Update and Settings > Update System Software.
The update comes shortly ahead of the PS5’s second launch day on November 19, when it will launch in many new territories, including Europe, following its November 12 release in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
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