How to check if a user likes my Facebook Page or URL using Facebook's API

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I tore my hair out over this one too. Your code only works if the user has granted an extended permission for that which is not ideal.

Here's another approach.

In a nutshell, if you turn on the OAuth 2.0 for Canvas advanced option, Facebook will send a $_REQUEST['signed_request'] along with every page requested within your tab app. If you parse that signed_request you can get some info about the user including if they've liked the page or not.

function parsePageSignedRequest() {
    if (isset($_REQUEST['signed_request'])) {
      $encoded_sig = null;
      $payload = null;
      list($encoded_sig, $payload) = explode('.', $_REQUEST['signed_request'], 2);
      $sig = base64_decode(strtr($encoded_sig, '-_', '+/'));
      $data = json_decode(base64_decode(strtr($payload, '-_', '+/'), true));
      return $data;
    }
    return false;
  }
  if($signed_request = parsePageSignedRequest()) {
    if($signed_request->page->liked) {
      echo "This content is for Fans only!";
    } else {
      echo "Please click on the Like button to view this tab!";
    }
  }

~ Answered on 2011-02-24 04:16:38


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