I just realized that Stack Exchange websites becomes a bit slow and accidentally I saw "Waiting for graph.facebook.com ..." in the loading massage box in the bottom of the browser. What is the role of this link here and why should it be loaded?

I am asking this because facebook.com is banned in my country by default and any webpage that uses its contents will be slow or half-loaded.

So is this the reason of Stack Exchange being slow for me? What other sub websites are loaded when I open math.stackexchange.com?


Those are from users' avatars, taken directly from Facebook.

When a user logs in using Facebook, Stack Exchange is taking their profile picture from Facebook, as-is.

I agree it's terrible and would really like to have the picture imported to Imgur. The downside is that when the users change their Facebook picture it won't be synched with their Stack Exchange profiles, but that's not a Stack Exchange problem.

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    Maybe we need to pay these poor folks over at Facebook some money so they can buy a bigger server? – rene Nov 25 '20 at 15:38
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    @rene using Facebook Pay, of course. – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Nov 25 '20 at 15:39
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    Another reason for not taking images directly from Facebook is that they then do not work in Firefox due to tracking protection (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/316284). Which, incidentally, gives the OP a workaround: switch to Firefox, it won’t attempt to load the images in the first place, solving the slow-down issue. – Emil Jeřábek Nov 25 '20 at 15:51

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