Monday, July 13, 2020

Facebook not updating shared image after changing it at source

You have shared a link on Facebook from your Video or webpage. Facebook shows the image or thumbnail as a part of the Facebook feed. Now you go and change your content however the Facebook refuses to show the updated content/

What happens?
Facebook crawls the link and caches the image/thumbnails in the Facebook DB. It will refresh only when Facebook will crawl/scrape the link again.

How to Fix?

  • It will take you to another screen which will show when the scraping was done last time.
  • Click on "Scrape Again"
  • Your new content should be visible
  • Sometimes it still shows the old content for example with YouTube thumbnails. That happens because after updating on YouTube it also takes time to propagate the change to all its servers. It may take up to 24 hours for the same.