If you’re planning to do some swiping and plan some dates on Tinder, chances are you won’t be able to do it too soon. Given the recent Facebook scandal, the platform restricted the access of various third party apps to user data. The dating app was one of them, so users were no longer able to log on to their accounts. Fortunately, both platforms took notice and strove to find a solution.
Tinder users couldn’t use the app
On Wednesday, a series of Tinder users found themselves unable to access the dating app. Interestingly enough, this error happened at the same time when Facebook decided to impose restrictions on third party data usage.
After user data ended up in malicious hands, Facebook knew it was time to pay more attention to what apps access personal information. Tinder is one of those third party apps, so both platforms admitted the new restrictions caused these issues.
None of the platforms wants to keep users from their regular activities. At the moment, Facebook and Tinder are working together to fix this issue, so that people will regain access to the dating app without any more errors.
A technical issue is preventing users from logging into Tinder. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to have everyone swiping again soon.
— Tinder (@Tinder) April 4, 2018
The problem was a result of Facebook’s new data policy
The problem surfaced on Wednesday, when Tinder users had to give more Facebook permissions before accessing the dating app. After they gave all these permissions, the app displayed an error message, and they still couldn’t log in. The situation is pretty interesting, as other dating apps that are connected with Facebook didn’t pose any log in trouble.
Tinder needs a lot of Facebook permissions, as it’s absolutely necessary for it to access a lot of information. This would assure the app and other users it is being used by a real person. However, this clashes with Facebook’s new data policy. Therefore, the two platforms are currently working on the situation, and will soon solve these incompatibilities.
Facebook’s API changes just broke Tinder. It throws you into an endless login loop. Bravo to Facebook for being considerate of their only valuable product. pic.twitter.com/QbJA1uTi0v
— Daniel Sinclair (@_DanielSinclair) April 4, 2018
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