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Facebook keeps flagging PM

Unread post by cecilieaux » 2018-10-29, 11:45

I started gertting and keep getting
For a better experience on Facebook, update your browser.
in my Pale Moon 28.1.0 64-bit, running under Linux Mint 18.3. Is there a way to do stop this?

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Re: Facebook keeps flagging PM

Unread post by snertev » 2018-10-29, 11:56

cecilieaux wrote:I started gertting and keep getting
For a better experience on Facebook, update your browser.
in my Pale Moon 28.1.0 64-bit, running under Linux Mint 18.3. Is there a way to do stop this?
You're lucky, my account is secured and blocked every time I access it via Pale Moon. :thumbdown:

The question is: why?

PM works perfectly when I can access the FB account.

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Re: Facebook keeps flagging PM

Unread post by Moonchild » 2018-10-29, 12:10

cecilieaux wrote:Is there a way to do stop this?
Not unless Facebook stops being discriminatory about which browser you use.
snertev wrote:my account is secured and blocked every time I access it via Pale Moon.
They probably call that a "feature". :|
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Re: Facebook keeps flagging PM

Unread post by cecilieaux » 2018-10-29, 13:29

Interesting. On my laptop, PM 28.0 running under Linux Mint 19 (as opposed to my desktop, 28.1.0 64-bit, running under Linux Mint 18.3), the problem does not occur.

I don't get locked out in either one.

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Re: Facebook keeps flagging PM

Unread post by snertev » 2018-10-30, 08:09

Moonchild wrote:
snertev wrote:my account is secured and blocked every time I access it via Pale Moon.
They probably call that a "feature". :|
For sure.

It is a "security" feature, according to the warning pop up.

Initially, when PM 28.1 was released I had not this issue. Then, likely because of always rolling FB "improvements" deployment, the issue started. :thumbdown: :thumbdown:

I've just realized that this thread is in the linux section while I'm on Win 10 Home. Maybe this is important for FB. :evil:

I must use FB for work (community manager) and I was forced to reinstall Firefox just for this strange behavior. And, of course, FB customer service is a joke. They never reply to my questions.

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Re: Facebook keeps flagging PM

Unread post by cecilieaux » 2018-10-30, 13:19

Found the solution (thanks to a suggestion by Moen in the Linux Mint forum (https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=280576&p=1546299#p1546299)!

I went to about:config (yes, there be dragons!) and looked up useragent. I noticed that the list of preference names included Preference Name: general.useragent.override.facebook.com Value: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:45.9) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/45.9 (Pale Moon). I also noticed a more reasonable one in the general.useragent.override.google.com preference (Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:52.9) Gecko/20100101 Goanna/4.1 Firefox/52.9 PaleMoon/28.1.0). I chose to use the more reasonable one.

Here are 5 easy steps to fix this:
  1. Go to (yes, there be dragons!)

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    about:config
  2. Find

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    general.useragent.override.facebook.com
  3. Click on the preference name and the Enter String Value box will appear
  4. Enter

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    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:52.9) Gecko/20100101 Goanna/4.1 Firefox/52.9 PaleMoon/28.1.0
    (or another reasonable one that you see -- open it and copy and paste it to somewhere like an editor -- and copy that instead)
  5. Go try Facebook and the error message will be gone.
I'm assuming this will work with other sites that say they don't like Pale Moon.
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Re: Facebook keeps flagging PM

Unread post by stevepusser » 2018-10-30, 21:09

I assume there are also extensions that will handle user agent spoofing? Any recommendations?

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