Tinder gets inadvartently locked out by Facebook, lovelife panic ensues

Tinder Looping video

Tinder is the go-to dating app for millions of users across the globe. Hours later, lonely hearts the world round were reporting they could no longer log in to Tinder.

Soon after, Tinder users started noting on Twitter that they had been kicked off the dating app and couldn't log back on, as those who used Facebook Login were caught in an infinite loop that appears to be related to an unknown bug. After pressing "Ask Me", the app directs you to Facebook's site to log in.

In a new blog post on Wednesday, Facebook's Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer wrote, "Starting today, Facebook will need to approve all apps that request access to information such as check-ins, likes, photos, posts, videos, events and groups".

Update - 7:30pm: A statement from a Tinder spokesperson confirms the issue has been fixed and the service is back up and running. Facebook wants to prevent a scandal the size of the Cambridge Analytica-gate, in which 87 million Facebook users saw their personal data being handed over to a Trump campaign-aligned British data analytics firm. 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.

This is not the first time Tinder has added a new, important update this year, as recently, their privacy policies have been changed and a new "Ladies first" choice has also been added, meaning women have the right to choose whether they message first or not. At the moment, only iOS users in Sweden and Canada can give it a try but if it turns out to be successful, Tinder will release Loops to other markets as well.

Users who must get access to Tinder can create a new account using their phone number, but they will loose all their current matches and conversations. 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.

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