Outages in smartphone apps linked to Facebook bug

An illustration picture shows social media application logos, including Facebook and Pinterest, on a smartphone.
An illustration picture shows social media application logos, including Facebook and Pinterest, on a smartphone.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Popular smartphone apps including Spotify and Pinterest suffered outages on Friday (July 10) for a few hours due to a bug in Facebook’s systems.

Facebook has resolved the problem, a spokesman said.

“Earlier today, a code change triggered crashes for some iOS apps using the Facebook SDK,” or software development kit, the spokesman said.

“We identified the issue quickly and resolved it. We apologise for any inconvenience.” 

App users began reporting on Twitter early Friday that they were unable to open Spotify and other sites.

Downdetector, which monitors for internet problems in real time, showed a rise in problems for a number of applications, including Spotify, Pinterest, Waze and The New York Times.

It reported a major spike in problems around 1030 GMT (6.30pm Singapore time), and a decline in user issues at around 1300 GMT.