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ASB MAGAZINE: The WSL released the following statement about its  Facebook transition which came into effect for the Corona Jbay Open. The feedback online and on the WSL comments board has not been favourable. In response, WSL issued a statement which said the switch to Facebook was to enable its audience to continue to view each event for free, and also to further expand WSL’s burgeoning  fanbase throughout the world.

“That being said, we apologize for any issues you may have experienced during our transition over the last two days and we hope you continue to enjoy the Corona Open J-Bay,” a WSL statement read.

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How to view WSL live broadcasting with Facebook;

Live on Desktop:
We have worked with Facebook to fix the broadcasting issue we experienced during the early rounds of the event.

We are now offering the live stream on our desktop site – with adjacent round information and heat scores — without having to login to Facebook.

Other transitional problems have been limited to specific connected devices, which we are also currently addressing.

Replay and Heat Analyzer:
All heat replays can be viewed by navigating to our event detail page, and also directly by clicking here.

Many of our fans have asked about Heat Analyzer, which is also now up and running and can be viewed by clicking here.

Concurrent Viewers:
There has been much conversation about the concurrent viewership number displayed in the top-left corner of our live broadcast.

The number displayed on your stream does not represent the total concurrent audience viewing the event. Because we’re serving localized ads against our programming, what you’re seeing is the audience total for the regional stream that you’re connected to.

The total cumulative audience will be defined as the summation of all regional streams across all platforms and connected devices.

In short, what you’re seeing is a much lower number of people viewing than actually are.

Personal Information:
Facebook is a major platform for media and entertainment, similar to linear cable and satellite providers.

They offer a variety of live and original sports programming – from PGA events to Tom vs Time – and require minimal user data to access their content offering.

For those of you curious about what Facebook does with your personal information, please see their data privacy policy by clicking here.