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[liberationtech] Iran has been blocked Facebook's Bots ( crawlers )

Collin Anderson collin at
Fri Jun 20 13:59:45 PDT 2014

Hi Nariman,

Attempted to fetch Asr Iran using the facebookexternalhit User Agent and it
worked fine. I suspect this is the product of firewall rules against
Facebook's subnets as a backup for when the filter fails, and not an
intentional attempt to block Facebook's bot. It certainly would not benefit
Press TV, and perhaps if there are people from TCI on this list, they might
want to limit the restriction to outgoing connections.


On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 7:06 AM, Nariman Gharib < at>

> Hi Libtech,
> From now on Facebook Bots  (or facebookexternalhit ) can't  access to
> Iranian websites in Iran (website hosts inside country)
> For example when users are going to share a link from a news agency
> website inside Iran which has a own server inside Iran, people can't see
> the preview of links content on FB. like www. asriran .ir
> ​Thanks
> Nariman
> @Listentous​
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