Facebook Phantoms

Set up your internal PhantomBuster proxy to make the most out of your Facebook Phantoms!

Take note: The first time you use your Phantom with a proxy you will be disconnected as the IP address changes. You will simply need to log in again, and relaunch your Phantom. After that the Phantoms appear to be fine with these internal proxies regardless of where the IP is.

Proxies for Facebook Phantoms 

PhantomBuster offers a built-in proxy to avoid errors that come from the lack of a proxy. Why is this? Well, websites such as Facebook closely monitor the location of your IP address(es). As our Phantoms run from the cloud, they could be connecting to your account from different locations around the world, which Facebook will quickly detect and consequently block the Phantom’s access. A proxy acts as an intermediary server and places your browser in a different geographical location of your choice to prevent Facebook from becoming suspicious. 

Using PhantomBuster’s built-in proxy

The great thing about this built-in proxy is it's already set up- you don't need to change any of the settings! In the “Settings'' of your Phantom, you will see a section called “Proxies”. Here you have the option to choose what type of proxy you want. You absolutely need to use a proxy for Facebook Phantoms, it is a must! You of course don’t have to use PhantomBuster’s proxy service, although we do recommend it (plus, it is already preset, so you are pretty much good to go). An external proxy service provider will also work if set up correctly.

You don't have to change any of the settings in the built-in proxy as previously mentioned, but here is an explanation of what each setting means:

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Once “PhantomBuster proxy” is chosen, the dropdown arrow will allow you to choose between “custom configuration” or “Share IP(s) with [Facebook Phantom] ”. If you have this option, it’s because you’ve already configured one of your Facebook Phantoms to a specific proxy. By selecting “Share IP(s)...” you’re ensuring all of your Facebook Phantoms will be connecting from the same IP address. This avoids being blocked by Facebook which could detect a connection coming from several different IP addresses.  It doesn’t matter which IP you use, as long as it is consistent across all of your Phantoms. This built-in proxy will automatically take care of this.

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If you’ve chosen “custom configuration”, you can set the proxy to “Maintain the same fixed IP for as long as it’s available” or choose the hourly intervals for when it would “Obtain a new IP”. Whenever you click on "Use this Phantom" for any Facebook Phantom- the proxy will automate from the same location. So you do not need to change the proxy location, it is not necessary.  Screenshot_2021-08-26_at_11.20.37.png
And that's it!  Another option is learning how to create a proxy with Bright Data. Be sure to check out our proxy troubleshooting article as well to avoid common proxy configuration errors.

Activity rate limits

Don't forget that even with a proxy, you need to automate according to Facebook's rate limits. As well as location, Facebook keeps a close eye on your activity levels and, if too high, they will become suspicious of bot behavior. To avoid this, you should limit how much you do within a certain period of time - it's essential to be restrictive to prevent your cookies from expiring, and even your actions or account being blocked. 

The limits are different for different types of actions, so we've gathered our recommendations for you to check in this article. You should also follow these best practices:

  • Start out by automating slowly + warm up your account gradually.
  • Spread your actions across multiple launches throughout the day.
  • Keep your launches within daytime hours instead of having the Phantom run throughout the night.

To give you some examples, extracting profiles from a large list is fairly easy - the Facebook Group Extractor can extract up to 10,000 members from a group in one go. However, liking, messaging, and profile scraping is much more restrictive. As a maximum, we recommend scraping 5 profiles per hour with Facebook Profile Scraper, liking 5 posts per hour with Facebook Auto Liker, and sending 3 messages per hour with Facebook Message Sender.

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