Facebook's flub broke multiple apps this week on the iPhone

Facebook admitted the issue was its fault, blaming a new version of the Facebook app for the problem.

Published May 8, 2020 3:02 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:43 AM CST
1 minute & 17 seconds read time

Facebook doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to privacy, safety, and security. Sometimes errors that Facebook makes impact apps from companies that aren't owned by Facebook. That is precisely what happened with popular iPhone apps like Spotify, Venmo, Tinder, TikTok, DoorDash, and Pinterest this week. All of those apps experienced persistent crashes due to a bug in the Facebook SDK earlier this week.

Facebook's flub broke multiple apps this week on the iPhone 01

Reports of the crashes began pouring in around 6:30 PM Eastern on May 6. Facebook has since resolved the issue. A Facebook spokesperson issued a statement that said a new release of Facebook included a change that triggered crashes for some apps using the Facebook iOS SDK. According to the spokesperson, Facebook identified the issue quickly and resolved it.

The Facebook SDK is used by app developers for multiple reasons, including the ability for users to sign on using their Facebook account. The apps that experienced the persistent crash issues were attempting to communicate with Facebook servers and crashing as a result. The apps were reportedly crashing even if users were not logged in to Facebook and didn't have apps made by Facebook installed.

The crashes were reportedly happening even if the users weren't using Facebook-related features in the apps. Some impacted app users were blaming the apps as many don't realize how widely spread the Facebook SDK is. Some developers on GitHub reported they had tried to stop the crashes by coding out everything that called on Facebook, but nothing worked. Facebook has been in hot water due to its apps in the past. Apple revoked its developer certificate after Facebook was caught using an app that collected user data on app usage. In other Facebook news, the social network has a new Oversight Board that can overrule CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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