Facebook Phantom errors

If you've encountered some issues while using any of our Facebook Phantoms, below are some common errors and their solutions to help you fix that.


Using a proxy

The first thing you need to know is that all Facebook Phantoms will require you to use a proxy for them to work. And, in fact, most common Facebook Phantom errors actually come from the lack of a proxy - from "invalid session cookies" to "can't access group". But 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 Phantoms' 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. Check out our article on the subject to find out more and learn how to set one up with your Facebook Phantoms.

Be sure to check out our proxy troubleshooting article as well to avoid common proxy configuration errors.


Activity rate limits

As well as location, Facebook keep 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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