Friday’s Spotify crash was caused by…Facebook?

There was panic Friday when Spotify and a few other big-traffic websites crashed and experienced problems. Naturally, initial thoughts were that this was some kind of cyberattack. Then Juice Wrld fans started spreading the word that the release of his posthumous album, Legends Never Die, created such a stain on Spotify’s services that they imploded.

Nope. It was all Facebook’s fault.

Yes, Spotify’s iPhone app was crashing throughout Friday. But that was due to the deployment of some new developer software for iOS from Facebook. You know the option you sometimes get to login to apps using Facebook? Yeah, that part of the software. Spotify offers that as does Pinterest, Tinder, Waze, and a bunch of other apps. The wonky new SDK problem caused them to crash, too.

This is the second time in a month that Facebook has buggered things up.

Android users were not affected.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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