Waze, Spotify, Thousands of Other iPhone Apps Crashing Due to Facebook Blunder

This is the second time in a few months when Facebook breaks down thousands of apps on iOS 1 photo
A brand-new Facebook SDK glitch has caused thousands of iOS apps, including the ones that drivers turn to for navigation and music streaming, to crash on launch.
The issue first appeared earlier today when some users discovered that launching a number of high-profile apps, like Waze, Spotify, Pinterest, Tinder, and thousands of others no longer worked.

Facebook confirmed in a statement that the company was investigating but without actually sharing more specifics on what exactly was happening.

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

The issue is still being listed as “under investigation,” with no ETA for a fix.

This isn’t the first time when the Facebook SDK is causing such issues, as a similar crash occurred in early May when thousands of iPhone apps were rendered useless.

Oddly enough, all apps seem to be working fine on CarPlay despite crashing on iPhone – for example, I tested Google’s Waze on my iPhone and the app crashes on launch, just as expected due to the said issue. On the other hand, it runs properly on CarPlay, with no crash whatsoever.

Drivers who turned to Waze for navigation purposes can temporarily switch to Google Maps, as this app seems to be working just as expected for the time being.

The only impacted apps are the ones using the Facebook SDK, which developers turn to in order to manage their logins. So basically, any app that allows users to log in with a Facebook account should be broken down until a fix is rolled out.

While Facebook says it’s currently investigating, I expect things to return to normal in the coming hours, especially as the social network needs to fix this as soon as possible given the big number of high-profile apps that are affected. At the moment there’s basically no workaround that does the trick for everybody.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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