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Following frictionless links on Facebook without permission

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Peter Bailey

Freelance Wordpress Developer in London (peabay.xyz) @peabay
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The new addition to Facebook which allows links of the websites you’re currently reading to be posted automatically to your friends is a great idea for both users and brands. To read an article shared by your friend you’re required to also give the website permission to frictionlessly share their content when you read it. This is fine for most, but users which don’t want this functionality must deauthorize the app after reading the article, which can be a pain if, like me, you’re often snooping on what your friends are reading.

Interestingly, Facebook redirect these links with Javascript and include the direct URL to the website in the href attribute of the anchor tag, which in simple terms means you can just copy the link location by right clicking it, paste it into a new tab and navigate directly to it without authorizing frictionless sharing. Although this only seems to work in Firefox.

Posted 17th Jan 2012
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