Facebook Messenger Bug Preventing Some iPhone Users From Being Able to Type Messages

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Many Facebook Messenger users have taken to social media today to point out a frustrating keyboard bug occurring within the iPhone app (via TechCrunch). According to the affected users, Messenger is "totally broken" and freezes after they type a few words in a chat window.

Users have tried force closing the app, as well as deleting and reinstalling it, but nothing has yet fixed it. Facebook confirmed that it is looking into the bug, "but for now there's no word from the company on what is causing it and how it plans to fix it."

There also appears to be no workaround, so those needing to contact someone on Facebook Messenger will need to use another device or visit the social network on the web. Complaints on Twitter about the problem show that issues began late last night and have persisted into the morning.

One user reported that the bug caused their iPhone 6s Plus to crash, and another theorized that the source of the problem might be with the app's autocorrect function.

Earlier this week, Facebook vice president of messaging products, David Marcus, admitted that Messenger's mobile app has become "too cluttered." In response to this, the company will invest in "massively simplifying and streamlining" Messenger in 2018.

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33 months ago
Another work around is to get rid of all the clutter the app has.
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33 months ago
Such a shame, because there are so few ways to contact your friends these days. /s
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33 months ago

So things like WhatsApp, Text Message, or even Skype don't exist?

You appear to have missed the /s at the end of this message, despite the fact it's even included in the part you quoted...
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33 months ago
Use Signal. Privacy matters.

Signal - Private Messenger by Open Whisper Systems https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/signal-private-messenger/id874139669?mt=8
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33 months ago
There is a workaround, turn off predictive text and spell checking (Auto Correct). Or, use notes to write your message, then paste it into messenger if you don't want to turn off features.

Pretty annoying bug for sure!
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33 months ago
Thank God they release "weekly updates to make the app even better"! Guess I'll "check back next week for more improvements"!

/s

This is what happens when you release on a schedule rather than as needed.

Not to mention all the massive amounts of energy and bandwidth they waste globally by pushing updates that do nothing... I mean break the keyboard.
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