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Facebook may soon stop showing the number of likes on a post

Following Instagram’s path

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Facebook is by far the most successful social network. Since its inception, the platform has focused on one thing — your life. It wants you to be friends with everyone and share your daily activity or achievements to the whole world. The goal was to make the network your go-to, every day.

And they’ve been successful in achieving this. Features such as the “like” counter and comments are very basic for today’s standards, but ten years back, it was life-changing. You could communicate with anyone instantly, and we’ve all had a nice time pulling each other’s leg every now and then.

However, metrics such as the number of likes or comments, popularly dubbed “interaction” soon unveiled its drawbacks. Users started associating the counter to be a measure of success and fame. For an average user, getting online attention take the center stage and a race to gain the most “likes” started.

There have been multiple studies showing that human nature craves for interaction and validation from others and these features delivered an abundance of it. But what happens when your profile or posts are no longer that attractive? What happens if the algorithm deems your content isn’t trend-worthy and pushes it down?

These uncertain factors have led to a drastic rise in social media-induced desolation. A huge chunk of users suffer from low self-confidence and the first clearly visible metric of comparison is the “like” counter. What started out as a way to connect people ended up making them lonely and disconnected.

 

To address these issues, Facebook is now experimenting with the removal of the counter from its news feed. A prototype app running the latest enhancement was spotted by researcher Jane Manchun Wong, but there’s been no official confirmation from Facebook yet.

On the other hand, Facebook-owned Instagram has been testing a similar removal in seven countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. Instagram said it wants the users to focus on the content and not on virtual metrics.

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God of War Ragnarok is Sony’s best-selling exclusive

Based only on its first week

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November is a great month for gamers. Because of a few major titles coming out, there are a lot of ways to scratch that gaming itch. A lot of players are happy. None more so than Sony right now. Only a few weeks since its release, God of War Ragnarok has broken Sony’s record for fastest-selling first-party title launch.

Officially confirmed by Sony through its Twitter account, God of War Ragnarok has sold 5.1 million copies only through its first week. With such an impressive showing, the title rushes past Sony’s acclaimed gallery of heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, and even the title’s 2018 predecessor. That’s not a list of who’s who to shrug off.

Additionally, the sequel is now the best-selling title in its franchise. The series has come a long way since its roots in Greek mythology. Mere weeks since the release, it is already in the conversation for several Game of the Year awards alongside other heavy hitters like Elden Ring.

Not without reason, of course. From our review of the title, the sequel to 2018’s classic is a narrative masterpiece in its own right, deserving of its spot in the oeuvre of Sony’s greatest hits.

SEE ALSO: God of War Ragnarok Review

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Netflix is working on its first PC game

It’s a AAA title

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Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.

Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”

Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)

With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.

Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix will now let you kick people from your account

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TikTok is now under investigation by the European Union

For transferring data to China

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TikTok has now found its way under the microscope of the European Union. The collective is now investigating the platform for allegedly shipping off its citizens’ data to Chinese servers.

In a letter shared by FCC commissioner Brendan Carr (via Engadget), the current president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed ongoing investigations concerning TikTok in several countries in the European Union.

For one, Ireland is currently investigating how the platform transfers data to China and how it processes the data of minors. The Netherlands is also investigating the same data transfers and TikTok’s advertising towards minors.

For a while now, the European Union has persistently investigated various tech companies to review their compliance with the continent’s General Data Protection Regulation, which presents a stricter view on data privacy. Various companies have already found themselves on the receiving end of penalties brought down by EU courts.

An investigation on TikTok has been a long time coming. For years, the United States has doggedly hounded TikTok for the same violation of shipping user data to Chinese servers. The company continues to face threats of a ban on foreign soil.

Though an investigation in Europe is just another fight the company must face, it’s nothing to shrug off. Lately, the European Union’s ruling on charging standards is forcing Apple to finally ship their devices with USB-C, instead of the proprietary Lightning cable. The Union, especially when completely united across all the included countries, can very well make an impact on the tech industry.

SEE ALSO: TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

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