A couple Facebook for iPhone bugs have been reported by disgruntled Facebook users. Two known problems have recently started surfacing within Facebook’s official app: status updates from the iPhone are not being sent to the News Feed, and Facebook for iPhone is missing from users’ privacy settings.

We have no information as to how widespread these problems are, but there has been enough complaint to justify these bugs as real issues.

Here are the details…

Status Updates Not Working

Facebook users have been complaining that when they update their status in the Facebook app, the status only appears on their wall and not their friends’ live feed. So, technically status updates are working, just not in the way that they should.

In order to see a status update from someone experiencing this problem with the Facebook app, one would have to specifically go to that person’s wall. And unless you’re a stalker, you probably don’t do that to all of your friends.


  • Facebook’s mobile site seems to not be effected by this bug. You can update your status by visiting Facebook in mobile Safari until Facebook fixes the problem with the app.
  • Use another social networking app to post status updates. Lots of apps have the functionality of sending updates to multiple social networks at once or selectively.
  • Don’t update your status for a little while. Sometimes a Facebook break is needed.

Can’t Find Those Privacy Settings

Facebook for iPhone’s privacy settings have also vanished from users’ accounts. When you give any type of app or website permission to use your Facebook account, its information is stored in your account’s privacy settings. If you visit Facebook’s standard webpage and look in your privacy settings, you will see a list of apps that you have given permission to have access to your account.

From this list you can edit the permissions of each app/service you use. You can edit specific behavior settings, and remove services you don’t want. 

It seems that Facebook for iPhone is now missing from this list. Perhaps Facebook thought it didn’t need to include its own app in this list, but I’m sure we would all like to know if the app has any special permissions to our information that we’re not aware of.

Temporary Solution:

  • Don’t use Facebook’s app on the iPhone. This is obviously not a real “fix” for the problem, so hopefully Facebook will wake up and fix it pronto.

If this issue doesn’t bother you, then it won’t matter if Facebook fixes this privacy problem or not. But for decency’s sake, we hope they do.

There have also been ongoing complaints about Facebook for iPhone regarding notification issues and photo tagging problems.

We’re curious as to whether you have been coming into contact with any of these reported issues? Have you found a solution? Does it bother you that the Facebook app is no longer included in your account’s privacy settings?

[via TiPb]

  • Claus Frandsen

    I had success with an un- and re-install as mine f***ed up totally. After a re-install it works ok again.

  • Lyndatilley

    There is another bug from the last update. Sometimes when I try to post pictures it says can not upload at the present. It gets to a point I have to delete Facebook app and reinstall. Have done this quite a few times

  • B Mo

    I haven’t found a fix for it. I jailbroke or unjailbroke it still doesnt post.
    I have uninstalled and reinstalled, tried old version and still the same problem.
    There doesn’t seem to be a fix.
    I need a fix!

  • QuarterSwede

    I haven’t had those issues but It does often screw up showing comments on photos. Sometimes you tap a notification to see what someone wrote but it takes you to the photo and appears as if no one has commented (only gives you the + to add a comment) instead of taking you to the comments. This means you have to hunt down the photo through the feed of yournchoice (live or friends) just to see what was said.

  • teresa

    + fb for iphone froze on me last night :S

  • Actually there are more bugs with the Facebook app:
    1. Notification Issue
    When you go to notification section then update, new updates are marked with yellow. When you touched that update it will suppose to bring you to that updated page e.g. Photo comment. Rather it will bring you to the wrong photo.

    2. Push
    A badge will appear but when you check the app there are no updates. Checking fb in a laptop will really show you that you really have an update.

    3. Photos
    Sometimes it will tell you that there are no photos in an album when viewing photos of a friend or your photo album as well but the truth is there is.

  • Jason masters

    Who cares Facebook sucks and makes us all lazy people who are trapped in a fake cyberworld when reality is so much more boring and pathetic. Or the opposite either way delete your facebook and free yourself from the cybershackles

    • Frank


  • Jerry

    I fixed my gfs phone I deleted her FB rebooted her phone reinstalled it and it worked great after that. so if your FB is acting buggy after a update. delete it reboot and reinstall and it should be good.

    • Jason masters

      You should have kept it deleted lol

  • You can’t see relationship changes on iOS app, let’s say I comment on a relationship breaking up, I’ll get a notification that someone else commented after me, if I tap that notification I get linked to a ‘content doesn’t exist’ page

  • Telejeesus

    Facebook suck 🙂 lol

  • Meg

    I have tried all of these things INCLUDING many complaints to Facebook. My status updates go directly to my wall, bypassing the feed. Also, the Facebook App is NOT listed in my App settings. This happened with one of the updates last Fall…before then it was working just fine. I have tried to fix it to no avail so I just use other apps to post. This is not convenient by any means but I have no other choice until it is fixed.

    • Jason masters

      You do have a choice just delete facebook you people are like junkies trying to get a fix you want to be social leave your damn house visit a store a bowling alley get real updates from real people in the flesh wake up!!!! You are asleep just like in the movie they live!!

      • Pirates Suck

        Jason Masters, you are correct sir! Completely agree. To each their own, but I am proud to say that I have never sullied any of my computing devices by logging in to any of these mind-numbingly stupid sites: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Friggin’ Tardfest, but hey that’s me.

  • soccerkrzy

    I have had this problem for more than a year now. Facebook doesn’t care since it’s an isolated issue. Yes, I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling and it doesn’t work. I’ve had the problem on both my 3Gs and my iPhone 4.

    I think it’s a problem with having your status updates set to “friends only” which I wouldn’t ever change so Zuckerberg can *************.

  • B Mo

    It has nothing to so with security settings. I changed my security to “everyone” can view my profile and posts and still no difference.
    Very annoying. Decreases my Facebook usage

  • B M

    It has nothing to so with security settings. I changed my security to “everyone” can view my profile and posts and still no difference.
    Very annoying. Decreases my Facebook usage

  • Sunny

    I have the same problem. Any solution yet!



  • Elle

    I just noticed that Android is having the same problem. The status updates don’t show up in the iPhone App news feed but they do show up on the mobile site. Seems to be all smartphones actually because same goes for the Blackberry posts. Hmm.

  • cindy

    how do i stop getting a push notification on my phone when someone checks in somewhere? i went to the privacy settings and can’t find it anywhere to turn that function off. i’ve turned off all email and phone notifications unless it’s when someone adds me as a friend or comments on my posts,

  • anne

    hi.. i reinstalled and stall my facebook and yahoo messenger but still its not working properly.. i still cant view my news feeds and profile and in my YM they always say that it is invalid… does anyone HELP me to fix this??? tnx….