Facebook is to blame: Several apps (TikTok, Spotify) crash on iPhones


Many iPhone users are currently complaining that various apps such as Spotify, TikTok, or Tinder are crashing. The reason for this is not the smartphone, but an SDK from Facebook.

Many iPhone users are currently complaining that various apps such as Spotify, TikTok, or Tinder are crashing. The reason for this is not the smartphone, but an SDK from Facebook.

You use an iPhone or an iPad and found out today that the various apps that you want to start to keep smearing? Please do not fire your hardware into the corner, because your tablets and smartphones are innocent of this dilemma.

The culprit, in this case, is Facebook – or rather the Facebook Software Development Kit.

Many third-party app developers like to use this Facebook SDK because it’s so convenient. This SDK enables developers to easily integrate an account login, manage advertising campaigns, and provide analytical data.

In this SDK there is now – not for the first time, by the way – a bug that causes various popular apps to crash with regularity. Spotify is currently one of them, as is TikTok, but also many others such as Tinder, Pinterest, and more.

Developers identified Facebook’s software as the culprit early on, and Facebook itself admitted that the SDK was responsible for the error and that they were working on the fix – in the meantime, the problem has now been marked as solved:

We are aware and investigating an increase in errors on the iOS SDK which is causing some apps to crash.

Friend and colleague Cauchy mentions switching to flight mode or deactivating mobile data as a workaround that can at least sometimes work.

Facebook itself currently describes the problem as solved, but you can keep the hint in the back of your mind because, as I said, it is not the first incident of this kind: As the colleagues from Techbook report, there were already difficulties on May 6 of this year with this SDK, which resulted in various apps not being used for hours.

For the time being, Facebook has apparently got it under control, but apparently it can always happen that a bug in the SDK blocks a multitude of popular apps for an hour.

Maybe that would be an occasion for developers to think about whether they really want to continue to use this solution.

 

// The Verge



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