Facebook link preview feature used as a proxy in website-scraping scheme


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Multiple data-scraping groups have abused the Facebook link preview feature to scrape data from internet sites disguised as Facebook’s content crawler.

The technique consisted of using Facebook developer accounts to place calls to Facebook or Facebook Messenger API servers, requesting a link preview for pages a group wanted to scrape.

Facebook would fetch the data, assemble it in a link preview, and return it to the data scrappers as an API response, ready to be ingested into the scrapper’s database.

The technique was successful because most website operators allow Facebook servers to crawl their sites, knowing the data Facebook collects from their pages is usually used for legitimate purposes, as part of link previews on the social network, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or Instagram.

Multiple groups abused the technique

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