A Facebook software kit development (SDK) tool used to power sign-in for apps caused some iOS apps to crash last week. The tool affected Spotify, TikTok, GrubHub, Pinterest, Tinder, and many more according to Downdetector.
The apps were the ones that had integrated the “login with Facebook” feature. The feature eliminates the need for a separate username and password when signing up and signing in.
The Verge reports that Facebook had disabled a server configuration update that triggered its SDK to cause apps using it to crash.
The crashes affected the apps whether users were logged in via Facebook or not. Many developers had reported problems with the SDK on GitHub using this thread. A Facebook engineer in the thread said the company had reverted a server-side change that caused the issue.
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Facebook said it “identified the issue quickly and resolved it”.
“Earlier today, a new release of Facebook included a change that triggered crashes for some users in some apps using the Facebook iOS SDK. We identified the issue quickly and resolved it. We apologize for any inconvenience,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge.
Guilherme Rambo, a developer, suggests what Apple could do to prevent a future similar occurrence via his Twitter handle.
This would prevent ridiculous things like this from happening: even if you don’t use Facebook features in an app at all, you’re prevented from using the app because Facebook f’ed up
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) May 6, 2020
Apple, however, did not comment on the situation or in regard to preventing a repeat occurrence.
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