Do Facebook posting bots actively fetch images?

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Do Facebook posting bots actively fetch images?

Postby King Author » Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:21 am UTC

Someone pointed this out on Reddit: check out the stock image used in this Onion article.

http://www.theonion.com/article/frustra ... driv-51923

Okay, just some random dude, whatever. But a different stock image guy appears on the Onion's Facebook post about the article.

http://imgur.com/gd3nu3u

The weird thing is, that alternate photo doesn't actually appear anywhere in the article.

Why the discrepency?
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Re: Do Facebook posting bots actively fetch images?

Postby Xanthir » Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:51 am UTC

They had prepped multiple images, and accidentally used different ones between the article and the metadata that FB looks for to generate a preview.
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Re: Do Facebook posting bots actively fetch images?

Postby Sizik » Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:19 am UTC

If you look closely, it's the same photo with different heads.
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Re: Do Facebook posting bots actively fetch images?

Postby Xanthir » Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:53 pm UTC

Yeah, that part's obvious. ^_^ But it's still a distinct, separate photo.

The metadata on the post *now* has the same image as the article, so it must have been changed after the FB post went up and FB fetched/cached the image.
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