PS4 Users Agree To Voice Chats Being Recorded In Party Chat With New Update
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Following Sony's release of the PlayStation 4 update earlier today, gamers have noticed a divisive new feature - having received a notification telling them their voice chats may be recorded for moderation.
The update 8.00 is intended to make several improvements for PlayStation users, including to its party chat system.
However, many fans realised that upon downloading the new update, they were told their voice chats would now be recorded and be subject to moderation.
This is also a change that users must agree to in order to use the party chat system.
Sharing a screenshot of a notification from their console that said 'Voice chats may be recorded for moderation. By joining, you agree to being recorded', one user tweeted: "So anyone gonna acknowledge this???? The party system is soo messed up too. The invite menu is awful and the group messages in the party are just useless."
So anyone gonna acknowledge this???? The party system is soo messed up too. The invite menu is awful and the group messages in the party are just useless. pic.twitter.com/q86GdoX0mV
- Tacodog (@Tacodog13) October 14, 2020
Another posted a screenshot of PlayStation's full notice, which said: "We want PlayStation Network to be fun for everyone, which is why we have a Community Code of Conduct.
"Please be aware that voice chats in parties may be recorded and sent to us by other users. By participating in voice chats, you agree to your voice being recorded.
"When behaviours that violate the Community Code of Conduct are reported, PlayStation Safety will review the reports to check if there have been genuine violations.
"These recordings will only be used for safety and moderation purposes by PlayStation Safety."
Also records your voice chat now so that you can be banned for bad words and wrong think pic.twitter.com/KvWQVqVYXt
- animeblog_de (@animeblog_de) October 14, 2020
A third commented: "I don't like the idea of being recorded while just trying to relax with friends after work. Makes me paranoid. Lol. Being recorded or whatnot. Hope that's reversed and fixed."
Another joked: "Whelp me and the homies are getting banned quick."
"However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor (including through the use of technology that automatically detects images, text, and URLs that breach our Terms of Service) and record your online activity and communication throughout PlayStation Network and to remove and/or delete any content.
"We may use the information we collect (as described above) to detect breaches and enforce our PlayStation Network Terms of Service, Software Usage Terms, System Software License Agreements, any other terms of service you have agreed to and any rules or codes of conduct applicable to your use of PlayStation Network."
LADbible has contacted Sony PlayStation for comment.