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  • Resolved metallikat36

    (@metallikat36)


    The same is happening for every post and page on my site. Here is a post for example:
    https://www.earthmedresearch.org/no-cdc-whistleblower-scandal/
    If I use the Facebook Debugger,it appears to have the correct og: description:
    https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/sharing/?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.earthmedresearch.org%2Fno-cdc-whistleblower-scandal%2F
    But the description does not actually appear on the preview.

    And when I share the link on my Facebook page, though I do not see the description in the preview, after I click Publish, sometimes like 70 characters of the description will show up (way too little), but usually no description at all shows up. And sometimes the font of the post Title is different, with a gray background.

    Is this a bug, or is facebook making changes and everyone is screwed and descriptions will no longer show up? I tried a link from another website, and it seemed to also not display the description and have the different font and gray background.

    I get no warning other than “extraneous properties specified”. Everything looks like it should work.

    If this is a facebook-wide change, could you guys write an article about it?

    • This topic was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by metallikat36.
    • This topic was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by metallikat36.

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  • Plugin Support Md Mazedul Islam Khan

    (@mazedulislamkhan)

    We looked at your provided page and we can confirm that Yoast SEO generating all the necessary social open graph meta correctly. We have also tested the provided page using the Facebook object debugger and we see the meta description isn’t appearing while Facebook object debugger is detecting the meta description correctly and we are not sure why.

    If you change the title of your page for Facebook to make something shorter and run the Facebook object debugger tool, does this resolve the issue?

    Thread Starter metallikat36

    (@metallikat36)

    Sort of?

    1. If I change the facebook title to just “test”, then the debugger displays:

    test
    Leaked documents show that Wakefield and Hooker have misconstrued the CDC…

    2. If I change the actual post title to “testing”, then the debugger displays:

    testing | Earth Med Research
    Leaked documents show that Wakefield and Hooker have misconstrued the CDC…

    The full description should be quite a bit longer: “Leaked documents show that Wakefield and Hooker have misconstrued the CDC whistleblower scandal. The real reason MMR-autism studies are wrong is not a conspiracy, but a systematic flaw called healthy user bias.”

    But it is interesting that shortening the title does at least get a small amount of the description to display. Though I have (unreliably) seen that much of the description show up anyway after I actually click the Publish button when sharing a post, even if it did not show up in the preview.

    3. I made a test page
    https://www.earthmedresearch.org/meta-test/
    The debugger shares this is:

    Meta test | Earth Med Research
    This is a test of meta description. This is a test of meta description. This is a test of…

    The full description here reads: “This is a test of meta description. This is a test of meta description. This is a test of meta description. This is a test of meta description. This is a test of meta description. This is a test of meta description. This is a test of meta description. This is a test of meta description.”

    I wonder if this has anything to do with changes facebook is making to combat “fake news” or some such thing. Does it work for your test sites? Maybe facebook is detecting some controversial topics on the sites I’ve tested, and is intentionally disadvantaging them? Would not be the first time I’ve seen something like that.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by metallikat36.
    • This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by metallikat36.
    Thread Starter metallikat36

    (@metallikat36)

    I am noticing a lack of descriptions on people’s facebook pages in general today. I think maybe this is a widespread facebook change. Not sure if this means descriptions are dead…

    MariusG

    (@marius_codeinwp)

    @metallikat36 we too have noticed that Facebook has changed how the description is displayed (including the length), there are several changes on the preview generated when sharing links. Unfortunately, it is too soon to draw any conclusions or to share accurate guidelines, but we will update the plugin as soon as we have more information.

    Thread Starter metallikat36

    (@metallikat36)

    Thanks. No problem.

    Plugin Support Michael Tina

    (@mikes41720)

    Please make sure you’ve subscribed to our newsletter and SEO blog for any updates on this change. We’ve also brought this up with our team, and we will make sure that we will address this accordingly.

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