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  1. Bruce Maples
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    Facebook is one source of our traffic, so I am loathe to leave it, even though I have debated that exit with myself for years. This step on their part, though, is another in a long line of reason in my mind to take down our page and stop posting updates there.

    I’m probably over-reacting.

    Or not.

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    • Matt
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      Maybe I’m misunderstanding comments along the same line as yours, but it seems to me that we’re just talking about embedding Facebook/Instagram content. Such as embedding a Facebook post into a website blog post.

      Ultimately, you never really owned the content, so for social media sites to create a more secure environment for website embedding seems to be a step to protect their own users from being associated with websites that are illegitimate, black hat, or spammy.

      Twitter has had a similar approach to embedding content for years.

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  2. Marcus Tibesar
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    Good riddens…

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  3. Dane
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    I’m so done with Facebook. I deleted my account a couple of months ago, and I’m certainly not diving back into that swamp to make links to it prettier. I think I may scrub my site to make sure there are no links to it at all.

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  4. Eric Karkovack
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    This is just another reminder of why utilizing social media in your content is risky. These companies can up and change their API at any time, causing issues for a lot of folks.

    Beyond that, I would think Facebook has a few million other major issues to deal with right now.

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  5. Steven Gliebe
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    Yikes, quite the case for self-hosted / decentralized social media.

    I ditched social media a few years ago and have not missed it one bit. Email marketing was 10x more effective all along. Better to “miss out” than waste time. What’s hard is leaving because “everybody” is there. FOMO psychology makes a person keep doing what might not even be working.

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  6. Ahmed Elgameel
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    I think the next step for Facebook and its subsidiaries is to make it a paid service just like what The Big G did with their Maps API.

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  7. Alessio
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    Certainly frustrating and will definitely break tons of old content. Not looking forward to updating older content.

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  8. Syed Balkhi
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    Just wanted to comment here, since our Smash Balloon Instagram and FB feed plugins are already used by over 1.2 million users, we have added the oEmbed functionality to it.

    This was easy for us to do because to create custom feeds, users would have to use the API key anyways. Over the years, our plugin has simplified that process to make it very user friendly.

    I think it’d be helpful to recommend these because we DO NOT require users to go through a complicated FB app setup process.

    Instagram Feeds – https://wordpress.org/plugins/instagram-feed/
    Facebook Feeds – https://wordpress.org/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

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  9. James Zhimo
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    My blog only had contents from my Insta and Facebook accounts so its over for me.

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