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Facebook changing parsing of Open Graph meta-tags? (1 post)

  1. NicoMorrison
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Two days ago I was able to embed a video blog post into Facebook, using a licensed player & the plug-in "open-graph-protocol-in-posts-and-pages". It worked great & that video still works in Facebook. The Facebook OG debugger read the OG metatags just fine without altering them.

    Yesterday I back-updated an older video blog post with OG metas & tried to post it into FB & got a jumble of code.

    Using the FB OG debugger, I see that FB is now reading the code differently.

    Here is the video blog post that I inserted two days ago & still works great: http://blog.theflowerraj.org/2011/10/paul-leake-kailash-ray-interview-iii-of-iii/

    Here is the almost identical earlier video blog post that does not work: http://blog.theflowerraj.org/2011/10/paul-leake-kailash-ray-interviews-ii-of-iii/

    Both seem now to be parsed differently in the debugger.

    It seems that now Facebook takes a meta-tag like:
    "<meta property="og:url" content="http://theflowerraj.org/jwplayer/player.swf?file=http://videos.videopress.com/0MZHMNHT/paul_leake_kailash_ray_interviews_2_3_dvd.mp4&autostart=true" />"

    and reads it now instead as:
    "og:url http://theflowerraj.org/jwplayer/player.swf?file=http%3A%2F%2Fvideos.videopress.com%2F0MZHMNHT%2Fpaul_leake_kailash_ray_interviews_2_3_dvd.mp4&autostart=true" and the added characters mean the video is not inserted?????

    It also reports that the metatag:
    "<meta property="og:type" content="movie" />"
    is read as:
    "og:type website"

    I am baffled as to why the Facebook parser should have changed overnight?

    Nico M
    London UK

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