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Facebook Messenger bug on iOS causes the app to crash

[?]t could be worse.


Phillip Tracy


Published Jan 18, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 4:14 am CDT

If you own an iPhone, you might want to stay away from Facebook Messenger for a while.

A new bug surfaced Thursday that prevents users from typing more than a few words at a time, resulting in messages that look like Shakespearean sonnets. For some, it even causes the app to crash.

There appears to be no way to fix the problem. Frustratingly, closing and reopening Messenger doesn’t do anything. Users went as far as deleting and reinstalling it but didn’t have any luck. This means you’ll have to wait for an update from Facebook before you can type like a normal person again.

As they do, users have taken to Twitter to voice their complaints.

Interestingly, the app isn’t affecting all users, just an unlucky group of iPhone owners. Other iOS apps are unaffected.

Facebook told TechCrunch it was looking into the issue. It’s still unclear what is causing the bug or how Facebook and/or Apple plan to fix it.

H/T the Verge

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*First Published: Jan 18, 2018, 6:58 pm CST