Tinder went down last night after a change to Facebook's privacy settings, and users across the world were booted off the app. It was off for three hours, from 9:30pm onwards and and when it came back up, horror of horrors, messages and matches were lost. That's right, you may have lost the love of your life who was patiently waiting in your match queue or who had been messaging you for weeks and you'd been curving. We don't judge. The app's issue was believed to have been caused by Facebook removing the ability to search for people using their mobile phone number or email address. Facebook permissions caused confusion for Tinder, and users were sent through an endless cycle of login errors and malfunctions after the changes to third-party apps and terms of service.
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
When news broke last month that most of its two billion users could have had their information collected, the company came under fire for their business practices. Research firm Cambridge Analytica, and many other developers, took advantage of the fact that through creating an app, they could request to see your relationship status, education history, and religious and political beliefs if you ticked one little box when setting up. Facebook, in response, have announced this raft of changes to restrict data access for third parties, affecting a number of apps that use information from its pages. Tinder tweeted: "A technical issue is preventing users from logging into Tinder. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to have everyone swiping again soon."
And we're back! Apologies for the inconvenience. We missed you too. 💚 pic.twitter.com/796L1gLsCv— Tinder (@Tinder) April 4, 2018
However, you can sleep easy at night knowing there might be a way to get back your lost matches and messages. Some users have taken to Twitter to let happy swipers know that Tinder still works through desktop access, and apparently their messages and matches from before the outage are all backed up there. Log in and check yours to see if your crisis has been averted.