A much-awaited Facebook update for better privacy protection temporarily broke online dating app Tinder. This Wednesday, Facebook changed the way third-party apps obtain user data and consequently, Tinder users found it impossible to log in the app.
Once opened, Tinder displayed a pop-up with “Facebook permissions” and, if clicked, it sent them back to square one. In a statement released by Tinder to The Verge, the company stated, “A technical issue is preventing users from logging into Tinder. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to have everyone swiping again soon.”
Although Tinder started working again soon enough, users noticed that they had lost all their matches in the process. Users vented their anger on Twitter.
LOL tinder went down, I lost all my matches, and now I’m just contemplating if this really is my time to cancel men👌🏻
— Ashhh; (@queeeeeeeeeenn_) April 4, 2018
While Facebook temporarily broke Tinder, the company continued to announce new major updates. It recently added a “ladies first” feature and now is adding “Tinder Loops,” enabling users to add short videos to your profile.
Tinder announced that you’ll be able to include a two second video loop of yourself in the gallery to greet future matches. The company is also testing the ability to add up to nine photos or so-called “Loops” to your profile. According to a report by TechCrunch, users won’t be able to create loops in-app like they can in Boomerang. Instead, they will have to import videos of Live Photos directly from their camera roll.
Let’s just hope that Facebook’s continued efforts to revamp its data policy won’t interfere with the Tinder Loops roll-out.