Analyzing Facebook with R

I was very excited when I found a website mentioning the possibility to access and analyze Facebook using R.  There is an R package called RFacebook to access Facebook for this purpose. Details steps can be here.

The summary of the steps are:

  1. create a new app go to https://developers.facebook.com
  2. Run several R commands below
install.packages(“Rfacebook”)
library(Rfacebook)
require(“Rfacebook”)
fb_oauth <- fbOAuth(app_id=”XXXXXX”, app_secret=”YYYYYY”,extended_permissions = FALSE)
me <- getUsers(“me”,token=fb_oauth)
group <- getGroup(group_id = ZZZZZZZ, token=fb_oauth)

Unfortunately, FB puts more access to there are not much things can be gathered anymore. For example, I’m unable to access closed group anymore. Only open group can be accessed.

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