Facebook new data sharing policies crash Tinder App


Facebook has made a series of changes to the kinds of data third-party apps can collect from the social network.

The adjustments are designed to limit the information apps can gather from users following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which Facebook now says may have affected up to 87 million users, up from the “approximately” 270,000 initially reported to have downloaded the app by the social media giant in March.

The new policies appear to be affecting the performance of the dating app Tinder.

What users experiencing the glitch are seeing when they try to access Tinder.

Users on Twitter, as well as several people in WIRED’s offices, have reported issues logging into the app, instead finding themselves in a never-ending loop between Facebook and Tinder: If you try to log into Tinder with your Facebook account, the app asks you to provide Facebook more permissions. But if you tap “ask me,” the only option available, the app requests again that you log into Facebook.

This process continuously repeats. Downdetector, a site that monitors website and app outages, is also reporting an uptick in problems related to the dating app today.

Tinder doesn’t require social media profile integration to work—users can sign up with their phone number—but many people choose to sign up with their pre-existing Facebook accounts because it makes it easier to use Facebook photos in the app, and to find out if a potential match has mutual friends on Facebook.

As part of its new app integration policies, Facebook will now “need to approve all apps that request access to information such as check-ins, likes, photos, posts, videos, events and groups,” according to a blog post from Mike Schroepfer, the company’s chief technology officer.

Facebook began approving these permissions individually in 2014, but it is now tightening the review process, requiring that apps sign agreements before gaining access to this data.