Nintendo and Apple devices are not in ‘mourning mode’ for the queen

Nintendo and Apple devices are not in ‘mourning mode’ for the queen

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 09, 2022 - Mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II at age 96.  Apple store Regent Street.  (Photo credit must be Matthew Chattle/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Not surprisingly, these messages are fake and there were no such interruptions (Photo: PA)

A rumor circulating on social media that certain tech devices were displaying messages of mourning for the Queen has been unmasked.

Last week, certain Twitter accounts claimed that Nintendo, Apple devices and gaming platform Roblox were displaying on-screen messages saying they were disabled during the national period of mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Not surprisingly, these messages are fake and there were no such interruptions.

Spokespeople for Nintendo and Roblox said these claims were unfounded, and an Associated Press test confirmed that Apple products were not decommissioned as described.

As the UK mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth, its monarch for 70 years, some social media users have started spreading baseless claims that her national period of mourning is taking a toll on tech devices and gaming platforms.

‘Do not play Roblox in the UK,’ read a widely shared tweet, which featured an image designed to look like a warning message on the gaming platform.

The image featured a photo of the late Queen and the text “Disconnected: Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022”. This experience is not available for the Royal Mourning period and will continue until Monday, September 19th.’

An Instagram post made the same claim about Nintendo, featuring an image of a Nintendo handheld video game console with a similar message on its screen.

Meanwhile, Twitter users falsely claimed that Apple iPads would display the message to any user who selected British English in their language settings.

“Friendly warning, DO NOT set your iPad language to British English or it will go into grieving mode for the next few days,” read the tweet, which has been shared more than 8,000 times.

While some posters jokingly shared the images, others seemed to believe the false claims, asking if there were exceptions for emergencies or expressing gratitude for using Android devices.

However, the claims are unfounded.

“There is no truth to the rumor,” Nintendo spokesman Eddie Garcia confirmed to the AP.

“There have been no changes to where Roblox is available globally,” said Roblox spokesperson William Nevius.

iPhones also did not display these messages when their language settings were changed to UK English. As of today, Apple’s tracking page for system issues has not reported ongoing issues.

The period of mourning for the queen extends beyond the September 19 date mentioned in the fake posts. Although the queen’s funeral is scheduled for that day, the mourning period will extend to a week after that, according to the royal family.

False claims about the Queen’s funeral arrangements include false claims that the UK had canceled all other funeral services on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s burial.

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