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    There is a conflict between Pinterest and Facebook in their implementation of the Open Graph protocol article:author property:

    Facebook article objects: An array of Facebook profile URLs or IDs of the authors for this article.
    Pinterest Rich Pins: Article author, all line breaks and HTML tags will be removed.

    The only middle ground is when you use a Facebook ID without the rest of the URL. That way Pinterest will at least have something to work with—but it probably won’t look nice.

    So, as you can see, although Pinterest uses Open Graph meta tags for its Rich Pins, the value it expects (a person’s name) cannot be compatible with Facebook (or the Open Graph standard).

    Currently in Yoast SEO there is no way to address the incompatibility.

    In a future Yoast SEO revision, could you think to add a new code solution so that when (and only when) the Pinterest crawler is detected, the true ‘Author Name’ (and not his/her Social FB profile URL) will be used to provide a compatible name for Pinterest?

    Currently all pinned articles with author name given as an FB profile, for example:
    <meta property=”article:author” content=””&gt;
    on Pinterest are displayed without Author name.

    Looking to the Pinterest Rich Pin Validator, indeed an error is produced in the article:author property.

    I also observed that for a user without FB profile configured in Yoast SEO, Pinterest Rich Pins correctly displayed the author name.

    I found the following discussion on the issue:

    Let me know and thanks in advance for your support!


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  • Did you ever find a solution? I’m getting the same errors from Pinterest and don’t see any article:author output in the meta.

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