It’s a tale as old as time itself. You log onto Facebook and you see the glorious red number above your notifications button. You’re sure it’s that cute guy from Human Resources writing something adorably clever on your wall, thus beginning a passionate love affair that will result in your dream wedding. You can feel it.
You click on your notifications and it’s…
…your Aunt Mabel asking if you’d like to play Candy Crush. You are crushed. You are pissed. You throw your laptop and/or phone out the window.
We’ve all been there, right? Candy Crush ruins lives on the regular. Not only does it constantly trick us into thinking we have real friends doing real things on our Facebook wall, but it’s just annoying to get invites to games you would never play. Or, in Candy Crush’s case, it’s probably a game that you used to play but rage-uninstalled after you couldn’t get past level 191.
Well, praise be to Zuckerberg, because the founder of Facebook revealed during a Q&A session at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi that this problem will be fixed.
During the hour-long town hall meeting, a member of the audience asked the one question most humans wonder on a regular basis: how in the hell can I stop getting Candy Crush requests?!
After a round of applause and some laughter from Zuckerberg, he revealed that they are working on a solution to the problem.
“I sent a message to the person who runs the team in charge of our developer platform, and I said that by the time I do this town hall Q&A, it would be good if we had a solution to this problem,” he said. “There are some tools that are kind of outdated that allow people to send invitations to people who’ve never used a game, who have gotten invitations in the past but don’t play games on Facebook.”
This fix might also help people who do play Candy Crush stop accidentally sending invitations to their Facebook friends. It’s happened to us more than once before; we are tapping around too fast, too jacked up on beating that damn owl level and we accidentally send invitations to hundreds of people we don’t even talk to anymore or really even like that much.
So basically, Zuckerberg stopping this nightmare for good will be as revolutionary as Facebook allowing GIFs.
“We hadn’t prioritized shutting that down, we just had other priorities. But if this is the top thing that people care about, we’ll prioritize that and do it,” he said. “So we’re doing it!”
Got the drop on E! . . .