Yesterday I wrote about how Facebook's Discover New Games module is broken. Some users noticed that while Facebook sometimes accurately showed what games your friends have recently played, other times it suggested a game they used to play a long time ago and have since stopped. Furthermore, there were times when Facebook just completely seemed to make up what games your friends played. Facebook today contacted me and said it fixed the issue.
"We have fixed a bug in the 'discover new games' module which had resulted in a small percentage of users seeing recommendations for games friends may not have played recently," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "The issue has been resolved and is rolling out to all users now, so that the feature shows recommendations based on games friends are currently playing."
I will be testing if this problem is indeed solved over the next little while. If you want to test if for yourself, here are instructions from the previous article:
Login to Facebook and head over to facebook.com/games. On the right-hand side you'll see a "Discover New Games" module that randomly generates games you should check out, based on popularity and what your friends supposedly play. It displays the full name and profile picture of friends who are playing a game you haven't installed yet, the name of the game, its thumbnail icon, and a "Play Now" link.
You can hit refresh as many times as you want to see new recommendations. You can check what apps and games you have installed (or ask your friends to check what they have) by navigating to facebook.com/settings?tab=applications (Drop down menu in the top right => Account Settings => Apps).
If you're still seeing this issue, please let me know.
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