[Air-L] Tool to extract Facebook comment thread

Timothy Graham Timothy.Graham at anu.edu.au
Tue Mar 13 19:00:24 PDT 2018

Dear Dina and everyone,

These issues are almost certainly due to recent changes to the Facebook API (v2.11). In a nutshell it is terrible news for the research community (sorry to bear this bad news!):

User information will not be included in GET responses for any objects owned by (on) a Page unless the request is made with a Page access token. This affects all nodes and edges that return data for objects owned by a Page."

Further info see: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/graph-api/changelog/version2.11#gapi-90-pages

Unless you are the owner of a public FB page, or can get them to create an API token for you that has admin privilege, then you can only collect posts data (not comments and/or likes, nor user ID information)... So it is probably not useful at all for research purposes :(.

Incidentally, this also breaks the Facebook functionality of our R package SocialMediaLab, which (previously) enabled researchers to easily collect FB page data and construct networks.



From: Air-L <air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org> on behalf of Alessandro Caliandro <A.Caliandro at mdx.ac.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, 14 March 2018 7:28:57 AM
Subject: Re: [Air-L] Tool to extract Facebook comment thread

Dear Dina

try  to use Netvizz https://apps.facebook.com/netvizz/ , it is the best  (provided that you want to extract comments form FB pages and/or public groups)

all the best and good luck!

Dr Alessandro Caliandro
Lecturer in Branding and Digital Media
Module Leader for Research Techniques and Approaches and Research Methods

Middlesex University
Faculty of Arts & Creative Industries

Room G145, The Grove

From: Air-L <air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org> on behalf of NORDIANA BINTI AHMAD KHARMAN SHAH . <dina at um.edu.my>
Sent: 13 March 2018 14:04:03
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Subject: [Air-L] Tool to extract Facebook comment thread

Dear Colleagues,

Can anyone suggests any good online tools that can help extract the
Facebook comments, I tried the Crazy Comment Export Tool but it doesn't

Appreciate your thoughts!

Best wishes,


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