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Facebook Breaks All Bit.ly Links....

Discussion in 'FaceBook' started by hitman247, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. hitman247

    hitman247 Executive VIP Premium Member

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    ...Marks Them as Abusive. (http://mashable.com/2010/07/16/facebook-bitly-broken/)

    Don?t try to use Bit.ly links on Facebook; they have been marked by the world?s largest social network as abusive, leading to dead end pages and frustrated users.

    Posting Bit.ly links on Facebook is currently impossible. If you attempt to share a link with your network, you are presented with the following message:

    ?This message contains blocked content that has previously been flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this is an error.?

    Existing Bit.ly links are also affected. If you attempt to click on a Bit.ly link, you will be led to a Facebook abuse page (screenshot above) stating that Facebook users have reported the link as abusive.

    Bit.ly is the world?s most popular URL shortener, so this problem likely affects millions of links all across Facebook. It?s unlikely the world?s largest social network would block these links purposely. Instead, it seems that Facebook?s algorithms have marked all links from the Bit.ly domain as dangerous and abusive.

    We?ve reported the issue to Facebook and requested more details. We?ll update you as more information becomes available.

    Update: Bit.ly links are working properly again. Facebook says it is a spam protection measure. They pointed to a previous blog post on the subject:

    ?These automated systems don?t just prevent spam and other annoyances. They also protect against dangerous websites that damage your computer or try to steal your information. When we?re notified about one of these sites, we immediately add it to a block list and prevent Wall posts or messages that link to it. We also provide the person who?s attempting to share the link with an explanation of why it?s blocked and a way to correct us if we?re wrong.

    Sometimes, spammers try to hide their malicious links behind URL shorteners like Tiny URL or bit.ly, and in rare cases, we may temporarily block all use of a specific shortener. If you hit a block while using a URL shortener, try a different one or just use the original URL for whatever you?re trying to share.?
     
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  2. SmileAtmyWins

    SmileAtmyWins BANNED BANNED

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    They marked all referer.us as abusive as well.
     
  3. promosirupiah

    promosirupiah Junior Member

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    update: now it's work again
     
  4. comparco

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    I guess bit.ly must have had a word, because they quite often block links as suspicious themselves. Not that FB is likley to listen to anybody with the power they have.
     
  5. Botwiz

    Botwiz Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    LOL that was quick you can bet bit.ly is getting on there game asap!
     
  6. catpro

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    instead... cant they just tell users to be more carefull with what they click
     
  7. LyNHS

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    Thanks for the notice! I think I'm going to do some research into creating my own script that does something like this ... lyn.hs or something lol ;)
     
  8. moneyrocks

    moneyrocks Supreme Member

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    they have marked a lots of url shotner services as abusive but that should be least of our worry because there are 100s of services one can use besides the ones banned
     
  9. sensitiveheart_4

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    Update: Bit.ly links are working properly again. Facebook says it is a spam protection measure.
     
  10. thetechnofreak

    thetechnofreak Registered Member

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    I tried out making a facebook app and use it as a redirector...the app's link is shortened to a http://on.fb.me/[blab] , which of course won't be banned by FB soon.

    for eg, if my app url is, apps.facebook.com/redirect-app
    and I go to http://apps.facebook.com/redirect-app?url=http://some url
    I will be redirected to the "some url"
    And to add another layer, I shorten http://apps.facebook.com/redirect-app?url=http://some url to http://on.fb.me/lfkdnm
    and spam it around ;)
    All this is done automatically be the app...I just have to enter my url and I get the final on.fb.me url
    btw, all the links above are ficticious