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Anje

08 May, 2020 08:09 PM

I haven't been able to post KOS to FB for a long time. It used to work. Please help.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Daily Kos Staff on 08 May, 2020 11:05 PM

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    Hello, and thanks for asking for help.

    Some users have browser settings and/or extensions that break the Facebook share feature on Daily Kos stories. I'll explain the most common causes of the problem and offer some suggestions for addressing them.

    Some browser extensions (sometimes called add-ons or plug-ins) that are designed to protect users' internet privacy fulfill this task by blocking requests to tracking 3rd party services. We see it most commonly when people have difficulty sharing stories to Facebook. "Disconnect" is one example of this kind of extension, but there is a whole class of them.

    In addition, some browsers--notably Firefox--have been stepping up their default privacy settings. The most strict setting has similar effects, and Daily Kos is only one of the many websites whose features will not function as designed. If you are using Firefox yourself, it will be worth your while to learn about the new levels they provide, so that you can choose which one best meets your needs.

    If you have an extension on your browser that is causing the problem, it's pretty easy to diagnose it, though somewhat more time-consuming to fix. Open a private or incognito window, then open a Facebook tab and login, and then visit Daily Kos. Pick a story to share and click the blue F button. If the share button works in this context, then you have confirmed that an extension is blocking the share feature in the non-private mode. (The private mode turns off most, though not all, extensions. You can check out which extensions may still be running under your browser settings.) You'll then need to go through a trial and error process to figure out which extension it is, and then you can decide if you want to disable it for Daily Kos. Many extensions do allow you to choose to exempt certain websites from applying it.

    In any case, you may still share posts via copy&paste to your own timeline. All you need to do is to copy the URL of the story you want to share and paste it right into a Facebook post. (Or into a Facebook comment, for that matter.) The URL is that long string of letters and symbols starting with https:// in the address bar at the top of every webpage. Nowadays, many browsers shorten the display of the URL so that you don't see the whole thing, but it's there. Once pasted into a Facebook post, the URL will expand to display the story title, image, and preview text just as the Share button would have done. Obviously, this process is not as convenient as using the share button, but it takes a lot longer to explain it in writing than it does to do it.

    Thanks for your support of the site.

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