Some general notes on these types of issues:
Could not scrape URL because it has been blocked error is fairly common on Facebook. It tends to occur when people use the debugger tool to scrape a domain too frequently, and Facebook thinks this is bot activity. Domains are usually unblocked after a few hours.
Note that it’s also possible for Facebook to block you from scraping a domain at an individual account level, if you keep refreshing and trying to get it to scrape new info for your link In that case, you’ll see the blocked message, but other people can scrape links from that domain with no issues.
While a block is active, the whole domain is blocked from scraping new data. However, if you’re posting a link that has already been shared to Facebook, it should display normally.
Specific notes for today’s issue:
There also seem to be some bugs affecting Status Updates on Facebook today. We’re not seeing the sorts of things that usually accompany a block on our domains, so it’s more likely that the current matter is connected to Facebook’s Status Update bugs, and not caused by the usual domain blocking issue.
So, what should you do right now?
If your Facebook posts rely on link previews to new
themeforest.com items (or ThemeForest links that haven’t been shared on Facebook before), you have a few options:
- If you use 3rd party tools like Hootsuite or Buffer, these are still working fine and can generate link previews for your posts.
- If you post directly from Facebook and require link previews, I recommend hold off on any non-urgent content for 24hrs and checking again tomorrow. Based on previous cases, it’s highly likely that any domain-level blocks will be removed by then, and that the Status Update bugs will also be resolved quickly.