On Wednesday evening, multiple iOS apps started experiencing problems while launching leading them to crash immediately on launch. Hundreds of users started posting their issues on Twitter and crowdsourced user reports on Downdetector.
According to the reports, the issues seem to be started around 6:30 PM ET. Since then, multiple apps on iOS including Spotify, TikTok, Pinterest, Tinder, GrubHub, and more were affected. The issue was caused by an apparent problem with a Facebook software development kit tool that’s used to power sign-in features for many of the apps.
The problem was detected after several developers on GitHub started reporting problems with the SDK. The problem becomes serious as you don’t need to be logged into the apps via Facebook to be affected by the crashes.
“Earlier today, a new release of Facebook included a change that triggered crashes for some users in some apps using the Facebook iOS SDK,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge. “We identified the issue quickly and resolved it. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
A source with knowledge of the situation told The Verge that Facebook had disabled a server configuration update that triggered its SDK to cause apps using it to crash. In the GitHub thread, a Facebook engineer said the company had reverted the server-side change causing the issue and that the change may take time to propagate.
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