When you post something on your timeline (personal profile) that contains a link, Facebook will create a preview of the link (using the Open Graph information provided by the linked site) and put it under your post. Recently, while the link is still visible when creating/editing a post, it won't show up in the post itself.

So this post:

Here's a link:
-> http://example.com

... becomes this when posted:

Here's a link:
generated preview

Is there any way to prevent Facebook from removing the link from my post?

Edit: Here are some screenshots to demonstrate this behaviour, as requested by @ale.

Here's what my post looks like when I edit it:

post in editing mode

And here's how it appears on my timeline:

post in timeline

  • Are you facing this problem with any specific post or all the posts with link? And after how many hours or days you noticed this change?
    – serenesat
    Jan 9, 2017 at 6:08
  • @serenesat This happens with all posts that contain one link. It's been like this for a few months, not sure when Facebook started doing this. Facebook hides the link immediately when posted. It is still there though, you can see it when you edit the post
    – MoritzLost
    Jan 9, 2017 at 12:15
  • Are they hiding any specific link or all the links whatever you post?
    – serenesat
    Jan 12, 2017 at 9:09
  • @serenesat Every post with one link. It's not like they're censoring anything, I think it's their idea of improved user experience. Is this happening for no one else?
    – MoritzLost
    Jan 12, 2017 at 12:09
  • Can you provide some screen shots? I don't see this behavior. (I always need to manually delete the link text and just leave the preview.)
    – ale
    Feb 7, 2017 at 20:19

1 Answer 1


The preview is an actual link itself. The links are actually not removed when you post, it would be great if you can attach some screenshots.

To double check, I tried creating one post and checked the same in the desktop and mobile as well. Works as intended.

  • Yeah the preview is a link, but the clickable text-link goes away. That's what I meant, sorry if it was unclear
    – MoritzLost
    Jan 8, 2017 at 18:31
  • No, I got that. I was saying that when I tried to do it, the text didn't go away! Where are you posting from? Web or Mobile?
    – Karan Shah
    Jan 8, 2017 at 18:33
  • From Web, but posting from mobile is no solution for me anyway
    – MoritzLost
    Jan 8, 2017 at 18:58

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