@ArielLeslie FCC isn’t linked to social media accounts via OAuth as you suggest. It just shows URLs on the profile page. I think I must’ve used those when I signed in in the past.
You have a misunderstanding about how OAuth works…
When one site, an OAuth client, uses a third party OAuth provider such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, or GitHub for account information, it’s true that it usually only gets that account information when it’s first linked. Refreshing that information can require un-linking and re-linking, but that happens at the client site, not at the social media site / OAuth provider. As an example, check Medium. They link to Facebook and Twitter using OAuth. If you change your Twitter username, you’ll probably have to “disconnect” your Twitter account on Medium’s account page, then link it again.
screenshot from Medium:
If you revoke client (a.k.a. app) access at the social media site it might cause the client to remove the information from their database, but it might not because that’s all controlled at the client site.
For the record, I never deleted or changed my social media accounts. I just changed my usernames. On LinkedIn I edited my public URL on the profile page and on Twitter I changed the username.
The Twitter account that my FCC profile links to now didn’t even exist when I created my FCC account, but my Twitter account, which has existed since November 2013, used to have that username.
FCC isn’t the only place I’ve used these accounts. When I changed my usernames / URLs I had to unlink and re-link the accounts at each site that used them. That doesn’t happen at the social media site, but at the site which uses it for authentication. This is how FCC works with GitHub because that’s the only OAuth provider that FCC actually is linked with.
Here’s an unfortunate discovery… I thought I found a solution, but it turned out to be a much more serious problem. I clicked “Sign me out of freeCodeCamp” on the profile page. When I tried to sign back in using Twitter via “Click here if you previously signed in using a different method.”, it updated my Twitter link… Great! But when I tried the same method with LinkedIn, I got access to someone else’s account.
Ya… I think I will email email@example.com now…