Facebook API error: “Unsupported get request.”

I discovered this “unsupported get request” error yesterday and its a fun one, as always with the Facebook API. You get this error when you try to get http://graph.facebook.com/coorslight.

At first glance this makes absolutely no sense. A seemingly arbitrary page gives you some vague error, but other pages like http://graph.facebook.com/cocacola work just fine.

Turns out this same error happens for any beer page. Facebook blocks public access of these pages because they are marked alcohol related.

Facebook Page Age restrictions

If you access this page as an authenticated user such as http://graph.facebook.com/coorslight?access_token=ABC123 then it works as expected. Instead of giving you a useful error, you can some really vague and unhelpful response.

Just another really annoying thing about the Facebook API to add to my list. If you search google for this error, this isn’t the only place that it shows up. According to this bug, it’s “by design”.

 

  • JMChia

    Thanks, you saved my morning!

  • randomness D2.

    I dont know if this is this thing but i have like a random login page,maybe i got hacked

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  • Pablo

    Thank you man, I was getting crazy with this.

  • http://www.brontesaurus.com AdamBronte

    Glad it helped

  • elia

    not work for me, i get another error:

    “error”: {
    “message”: “An unexpected error has occurred. Please retry your request later.”,
    “type”: “OAuthException”,
    “code”: 2
    }

  • mahesh

    unhelpful error ? some pigs are involved in api development