UPDATE - 02/02/2019: As of today, the bulletins seem to be back again. What in the world is going on with Facebook, here? -Todd
Hoo boy. This might be it for the Facebook weather bulletin posts. Facebook has been threatening for a long time now about the possibility of this happening. Now, it looks like it's finally happening.
Getting lots of authorization errors in the EMWIN logs for many of our Facebook EMWIN weather bulletin posts. Some of the pages affected include:
- Alachua County SKYWARN
- Alachua County EMWIN
- Hurricane Bulletins - Florida
- Bradford County Emergency Management
- Calhoun County Emergency Management
- Holmes County Emergency Management
Pages so far NOT affected include:
- Gulf County Emergency Management
- Liberty County Emergency Management
- Washington County Emergency Management
Until we have some severe storms, it remains unknown if the GVLStorms Facebook page is affected or not.
...But those are probably gonna be hit soon, too, most likely.
We'll keep looking into this, of course. If there is a way to continue the bulletins, we will try to find it. But on first glance, it looks a little bit complicated and may not be anything we can do anything about. But we'll try.
This isn't just affecting us. It's affecting anybody who uses automated "apps" with their weather server to deliver weather bulletins to Facebook. (Apps as in Facebook apps, not like...cellphone apps. Not the same thing.)
In the meantime, our sincere apologies if this affects anyone in a negative way. But it appears to be something that is beyond our control at the moment. :(
Note that this does NOT affect the delivery of AC-EMWIN bulletins by any other means. Delivery by text, email, fax, listgroups (AC-SKYWARN, AC-EMWIN, SKYWARN-L, ACWIN-*, ACEMWIN-HURR-L, etc) are not involved in the Facebook changes of course, and are still fully operational.
Todd Sherman, Coordinator/Project Mgr
Alachua County SKYWARN
Alachua County EMWIN