Block Facebook Chat on Your Network

I don’t have a lot of time to post right now, but I just wanted to leave this note.  Now that Facebook has completely rolled out their Facebook chat integration, I had to block it at work (The only chat allowed is our internal XMPP server.) Blocking the feature is as simple as blacklisting a single URL, drumroll….

http://facebook.com/ajax/chat/

Done, now users will see how many friends are online, but if they go to send anyone a message, it will never go through, and chat history does not show up.  I am sure you can block more extensively, but for a quick and dirty fix, this does the trick.  Love being an administrator…

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59 thoughts on “Block Facebook Chat on Your Network

  1. Thanks alot, noticed quite a few of our clients using this when they shouldnt (Ive banned chat) so this will do the trick.

  2. @Arckane: It does not mention it in the source however if you run a TCP Dump you will see HTTP POST to that address. If you want to tighten it up even more you can block facebook.com/images/chat/ which will (obviously) block all images related to the chat interface. We could block certain javascript libraries/classes but that would break other things as well.

    On another note, users will be able to receive messages, but not send using this block.

  3. tried all these in my router and they didn’t block anything. it all worked fine. should i be adding them somewhere other than my blocked keywords list?

  4. I’ve tried this in hosts file and on Linksys router exceptions list.
    These blocks do not work for me, what am I doing wrong?

  5. I don’t think your clients will be very happy either. They may not want to be your clients anymore! Ah, I get it, you’re just losers! Ok.

  6. @Jane
    You don’t know what you are talking about. We are in a SCHOOL, the students are not supposed to chat during class. It is normal to block chat.
    Internet acces is a privilege, not a right.

  7. Hey,

    To block facebook chat but still being able to use the facebook website you need to block the following URL masks

    *facebook.com/ajax/chat*
    *facebook.com/images/chat*
    *facebook.com/ajax/presence*
    *.channel*.facebook.com/x/*/false/p_*

    This will disable chat effectively. You will only see yellow icon saying you can not connect to facebook chat. You will also not receive any new chat message received notifications.

  8. This is an old topic; but I think it still has relevance.

    I /think/ I have the answer. At least for now (everything on Facebook seems to be in a state of constant flux).

    It looks to me that Chat is using a bunch of IP address ranging from 69.63.176.161 (channel01.01.05.sf2p.facebook.com) through 69.63.176.199 (channel39.01.05.sf2p.facebook.com).

    By blocking a few of these IP addresses, chat becomes annoying and sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. By blocking the entire range, it appears to stop chat dead in its’ tracks. I haven’t found any other side effects of blocking this range, yet, but I can’t be certain.

  9. Does anybody have information on how to block Myspace’s webchat as well? the IM client they offer is easy, it’s their built in webchat I can’t seem to figure out without killing access to the whole site, which pisses off my 15 year old to no end. :)

  10. How would you suggest to block the applications? We would like to stop staff from playing “Mafia Wars” and “Farmville” apps, but continue to allow them to interact with each other and groups.

  11. I’m using firefox and adblock plus…
    just done like what you’d said, and it’s work like a charm … thank you

  12. —–> Shawn
    in network blocked just type “www.apps.facebook.com” this will block all the application in the facebook….

    —-> thanks to all posts… i’vei learned a lot… Good Bless to all…. =)

  13. hi,
    i blocked the apps blocking “pps.facebook.com”,
    but i couldn’t block the chat by blocking this “chat.facebook.com”

    =(

    • That doesn’t work. The chat transaction is still there. You want to stop the TCP stream before it gets into the network.

  14. Thankyou every soo much. As a parent of two internet addicted teenagers this has proven to be nothing short of brilliant for our family life. The kids addiction has weakened considerably, with some outbursts, some weeks later, I’m now coming homw to a clean house with interactive kids. Again, thankyou all.

  15. Have ou tried to override the DNS entries for chat.facebook.com?

    Try editting the hosts file or modifying your DNS configuration.

    please excuse my english, an I recommend you to use PFSENSE

  16. so has anyone figured out how to block just the Facebook chat app either through a home wireless network router or in THe ipod touch itself ? if I can do it in THe ipod that’s fine but even on the home network wired and,wireless blocking of access to the app would be nice. if anyone knows a for sure way post a reply or send me a message through the service , thanks

  17. With the new updates to facebook I’m finding that OPEN DNS doesn’t even recognize most of the options already listed. Does anyone have any updates to blocking the facebook chat feature without blocking all of facebook?

  18. Hey bro, but would it block the facebook messenger for windows?, I mean, there is an app like windows messenger that you install on your PC. I have a small business and my people is using this messenger all time time, is madness …

  19. Hi Jared ;-)

    I managed to get this working on a linksys e3000.

    Create “block chat” rule 1, Select enabled, allow, and under keyword put in

    ajax

    Apply to all ips.

    Now create rule 2 – allow all. Enable this, no other changes, its a default allow. I find if you do not use this the default becomes a deny.

    Now fb chat will exclamation mark. Obv if you support ajax you might have to use the fb ajax urls or don’t include your ip.

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