Facebook blocks shortened links – cites user safety

June 9, 2012


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Facebook users have found themselves unable to post links to their profiles shortened using one of the most popular URL shortening services,, in the past number of hours. fish logo

Users who attempt to post links shortened with the operated site are being told by Facebook that their comments and status updates will not be published as they are considered “spammy or unsafe.”

Facebook's message reads: Sorry, this post contains a blocked URL The content you're trying to share includes a link that's been blocked for being spammy or unsafe:  For more information, visit the Help Center. If you think you're seeing this by mistake, please let us know.

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This is the second time in as many years that Facebook has block users from posting links.  In December 2010 the company prevented users from posting links on the grounds of user security.  Speaking to TechCrunch and at the time the social network said,

“As part of our effort to keep Facebook and the people who use our service secure, we closely monitor the content shared on the site for spam and malicious content. At the time we blocked, more than 70% of links pointed to spam or other security issues. We are working with to resolve the issue.”

Facebook’s actions seem to have come as a surprise to, who asked one Twitter user who alerted them to the block to send them more information.

As it was in 2010, it is likely that this is a temporary measure by Facebook but it’s as yet unclear when the site will again allow links to be posted. Our tests show that links shortened using directly and most other similar services are unaffected and can be posted to the site.

If you are using as your main link shortener you can convert your links to simply by swapping for in the URL (e.g. and will return the same page).

The block comes at a bad time for which has faced criticism from loyal users, who are unhappy about the service’s recent redesign – something they have been working to rectify in recent days.


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Ajit Jain

Ajit Jain is marketing and sales head at Octal Info Solution, a leading iPhone app development company and offering platform to hire Android app developers for your own app development project. He is available to connect on Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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