Blocking Facebook (Video)


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In this video, you will learn how to use a URL filter to block access to Facebook and its subdomains.

When you enable the FortiGuard Categories to allow access to a particular type of content, such as Social Networking, you can still prohibit the use of specific websites within that category.

The recipe for this video is available here.

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Kayla Robinson

Kayla Robinson

Technical Writer at Fortinet
Kayla Robinson works in Ottawa as part of Fortinet's Technical Documentation and New Media team. With a Bachelor's degree from Carleton, and a graduate certificate in Technical Writing from Algonquin College, she enjoys creating FortiOS Cookbook videos.
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  • minh nguyen

    i’m using fortigate 80c, i not block facebook with this video

  • Samu Vargas


    I would like to apply what you mentioned in the video, however, i would like to have access to without any invalid certificate message…is this possible?

  • Naing LA

    I want to allow facebook in specific time (Lunch time) with bandwidth limit. How can I do? I’m using Fortigate 90D.

    Thanks in advance

    • Victoria Martin


      In order to only allow access to Facebook during lunch time, you would first block Facebook on your main Internet policy, as shown in this video.

      Then, you would have to create a second policy that would allow access during lunch. This policy would use a set schedule for your lunch time. In order to restrict bandwith, it also requires web filtering using quotas. We have a recipe about that: (in the recipe, the quota is based on time but quotas can also be set for a bandwidth limit instead).

      Once you’ve made the second policy, you need to make sure that it is located above the general policy in your policy list, so that it is used during lunch time. At other points in the day, the general policy which blocks Facebook will be used.

      I hope that helps!

  • Miguel Rojas Pérez

    Great video. Thank you.