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In Facebook, some links to articles or videos appear to be genuine links, but in fact there are leading to some "content viewing" Facebook apps, like "Dailymotion", "The Guardian", or "Yahoo!". Those apps usually require access to my email address, basic info, birthday, location, plus right to post on my behalf. Some even say in small letters "To use this app, you will be upgraded to Facebook Timeline":

Dailymotion fake link


  1. Copy the name of the article/video
  2. Paste it into Google within quotes
  3. First result is the original unencumbered content.

I don't want to install Facebook spyapps that provide zero value, so I do this every time.

QUESTION:Is there a Greasemonkey script or similar, that would perform these 3 steps for me?

I am using Chrome on Linux.

I hesitated to post this question on WebApps, but over there they are clear that such questions should be posted on SuperUser.

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If you simply wanted to hide the endless stream of spam and apps, I'd recommend the F.B. Purity userscript/extension! – iglvzx Apr 4 '12 at 1:05
@iglvzx: That could be a better-than-nothing solution, but something that would replace links would be the best. – Nicolas Raoul Apr 4 '12 at 1:15
Nicolas, which operating system? – iglvzx Apr 6 '12 at 1:47
@iglvzx: Ubuntu Linux – Nicolas Raoul Apr 6 '12 at 3:11
@iglvzx the latest version of FB Purity actually has an option to fix those redirect links – mack nordstrum Apr 12 '12 at 17:49
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If you're running chrome, there's Facebook Unsocial Reader that will fix those links

Rewrites Facebook Social Reader links to just be links and not require you to install.

Facebook Unsocial Reader rewrites Facebook's Social Reader links to just be Google "I'm feeling lucky" searches for the article's title. Now you don't need to install an app and provide your demographic information to the publisher of the content for content that's free anyway.

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This one seems to be similar:… – Nicolas Raoul Apr 11 '12 at 5:22
a god among men. – OrangeBox May 15 '12 at 23:23

Some apps that ask if you would give permission to post on your behalf, or use your email, sometimes you can deny this esp. if it is a reputable company or trying to be (Yahoo, etc) and still get through without consequence. Not really a "best answer" but a work around if need be.

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Indeed, pressing "Cancel" still leads to the article, at least in some cases, thanks! – Nicolas Raoul Apr 13 '12 at 2:25

The latest version of the FB Purity browser extension (compatible with Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera) has a built in option for fixing these redirect links, see here:

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I created a user script for Greasemonkey which does this after not finding a good solution for Firefox. It works in Chrome too. You can find it on here on

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Thank you! Works well. – Iain May 7 '12 at 10:50

I know for a fact that with links to The Guardian if you attach ?fb=native to the end of the link, it will direct the link to the proper page and not the social reader app page.

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