[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #50861: Remove Facebook and Instagram as an oEmbed Source

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Sat Sep 19 15:17:11 UTC 2020

#50861: Remove Facebook and Instagram as an oEmbed Source
 Reporter:  whyisjake                 |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  task (blessed)            |      Status:  assigned
 Priority:  normal                    |   Milestone:  5.5.2
Component:  Embeds                    |     Version:
 Severity:  normal                    |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  good-first-bug has-patch  |     Focuses:

Comment (by bridgetwillard):

 As a writer and social media manager, who loves and depends upon oEmbeds
 (rather than screenshots), I completely understand the logic behind

 I completely agree this should become plugin-dependent.

 Facebook is famous for changing the rules on their playground. And,
 honestly, APIs be like that sometimes. Right?

 So, as far as communicating this to the general public, we should fill in
 the holes of people's education.

 Something like:

 "WordPress 5.5.2 has an important update that affects oEmbeds of Facebook
 properties. This includes Instagram and Facebook links.

 How Does This Affect You?

 Previously, any WordPress blogger could simply insert a URL of a Facebook
 or Instagram post and the image and post would render. Like magic, but
 definitely technical.

 Unfortunately, Facebook has made access to their API a bit more
 complicated which, cheers to them, helps protect the privacy of its user

 If you're worried about this update, check your posts for links that don't
 unfurl/render. They will appear as regular links. It isn't broken, it just
 doesn't render. Instead, use the link like you would any link -- in a
 sentence -- with accessibility in mind.

 You can always include a screenshot with alt tags and a caption as well."

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/50861#comment:30>
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