AutoBlog imports displaying wrong characters

Hello. I was wondering if I could get some support with AutoBlog. One of my rss feeds is replacing certain characters with symbols. I have pasted an example below.

Many thanks in advance,

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  • Patrick Freitas

    Hi Anthony

    Typically, those special characters are the result of a server using the wrong kind of character encoding for the language in which it's trying to display.

    Make sure that your WordPress has the UTF-8 defined.
    https://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/how-to-fix-the-character-encoding-problem-in-wordpress-1480

    if you're not seeing these on your sites typical posts, and are only seeing them on posts/content you import with Autoblog; chances are the error is on the server of the blog you're importing the posts.

    Wouldn't you mind please, import from another blog/site and check if you have the same issue?

    Best Regards,
    Patrick Freitas

  • Peter

    I've seen the same behaviour when importing posts from one Wordpress site I own into another site I also own, both on the same server. All tables in both Wordpress installations are set to use UTF8mb4.

    A sample RSS post is

    <item>
    		<title>Google to appeal €50 million GDPR fine</title>
    		<link>https://brownglock.com/library/2019/01/24/google-to-appeal-e50-million-gdpr-fine/</link>
    		<comments>https://brownglock.com/library/2019/01/24/google-to-appeal-e50-million-gdpr-fine/#respond</comments>
    		<pubDate>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 08:58:35 +0000</pubDate>
    		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Glock]]></dc:creator>
    				<category><![CDATA[Cyberlaw]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[Big Data]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[data flows]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[data protection]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[google]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[PoliticoEU]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[privacy]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[Technology]]></category>
    
    		<guid isPermaLink="false">https://brownglock.com/library/?p=287656</guid>
    		<description><![CDATA[<img width="150" height="150" src="https://brownglock.com/library/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/10/google_1475566878-e1475567003121-150x150.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" link_thumbnail="" />Not really surprising, it’s such a large fine that it’s worth paying the lawyers and going to appeal. I don’t see Google winning this one though…: U.S. tech giant Google said Wednesday it would appeal the €50 million fine for privacy violations issued by the French data protection authority earlier this week. “We’ve worked hard...]]></description>
    				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<img width="150" height="150" src="https://brownglock.com/library/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/10/google_1475566878-e1475567003121-150x150.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" link_thumbnail="" /><p>Not really surprising, it’s such a large fine that it’s worth paying the lawyers and going to appeal. I don’t see Google winning this one though…:</p>
    <blockquote><p>U.S. tech giant Google said Wednesday it would appeal the €50 million fine for privacy violations issued by the French data protection authority earlier this week.</p>
    <p>“We’ve worked hard to create a GDPR consent process for personalized ads that is as transparent and straightforward as possible, based on regulatory guidance and user experience testing. We’re also concerned about the impact of this ruling on publishers, original content creators and tech companies in Europe and beyond. For all these reasons, we’ve now decided to appeal,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement.</p>
    <p>The fine, <a href="https://www.politico.eu/pro/google-fine-privacy-enforcement-france-gdpr/">issued by France’s CNIL on Monday</a>, is considered the first major financial penalty on a large technology company since the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation entered into force last May.</p>
    <p>The French data protection watchdog said Google had violated EU privacy rules because it did not properly ask its users for consent on how to use their personal data. Google’s challenge before the Council of State — France’s top administrative court — would further define how the tech sector interprets requirements on consent under the GDPR.</p></blockquote>
    <p><a href="https://www.politico.eu/article/google-appeals-e50-million-gdpr-fine/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication" target="_blank">Original article here</a></p>]]></content:encoded>
    			<wfw:commentRss>https://brownglock.com/library/2019/01/24/google-to-appeal-e50-million-gdpr-fine/feed/</wfw:commentRss>
    		<slash:comments>0</slash:comments>
    	<post-id xmlns="com-wordpress:feed-additions:1">287656</post-id>	</item>

    When that get's imported into site #2 the feed looks like:

    <item>
    		<title>Google to appeal €50 million GDPR fine</title>
    		<link>https://glock.co.uk/blog/google-to-appeal-a%c2%ac50-million-gdpr-fine/</link>
    		<comments>https://glock.co.uk/blog/google-to-appeal-a%c2%ac50-million-gdpr-fine/#respond</comments>
    		<pubDate>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 11:03:43 +0000</pubDate>
    		<dc:creator><![CDATA[peterglock]]></dc:creator>
    				<category><![CDATA[Big Data]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[Cyberlaw]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[data flows]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[data protection]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[google]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[PoliticoEU]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[privacy]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[Technology]]></category>
    		<category><![CDATA[Glock Takes Stock]]></category>
    
    		<guid isPermaLink="false">https://glock.co.uk/blog/google-to-appeal-a%c2%ac50-million-gdpr-fine/</guid>
    		<description><![CDATA[Not really surprising, it’s such a large fine that it’s worth paying the lawyers and going to appeal. I don’t see Google winning this one though…: U.S. tech giant Google […]]]></description>
    				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img width="150" height="150" src="https://brownglock.com/library/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/10/google_1475566878-e1475567003121-150x150.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="float: left;margin-right: 5px" /></p>
    <p>Not really surprising, it’s such a large fine that it’s worth paying the lawyers and going to appeal. I don’t see Google winning this one though…:</p>
    <blockquote>
    <p>U.S. tech giant Google said Wednesday it would appeal the €50 million fine for privacy violations issued by the French data protection authority earlier this week.</p>
    <p>“Weâ€<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />ve worked hard to create a GDPR consent process for personalized ads that is as transparent and straightforward as possible, based on regulatory guidance and user experience testing. Weâ€<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />re also concerned about the impact of this ruling on publishers, original content creators and tech companies in Europe and beyond. For all these reasons, weâ€<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />ve now decided to appeal,â€? a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement.</p>
    <p>The fine, <a href="https://www.politico.eu/pro/google-fine-privacy-enforcement-france-gdpr/">issued by Franceâ€<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />s CNIL on Monday</a>, is considered the first major financial penalty on a large technology company since the EUâ€<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />s General Data Protection Regulation entered into force last May.</p>
    <p>The French data protection watchdog said Google had violated EU privacy rules because it did not properly ask its users for consent on how to use their personal data. Googleâ€<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />s challenge before the Council of State — Franceâ€<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />s top administrative court — would further define how the tech sector interprets requirements on consent under the GDPR.</p>
    </blockquote>
    <p><a href="https://www.politico.eu/article/google-appeals-e50-million-gdpr-fine/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication" target="_blank">Original article here</a></p>
    ]]></content:encoded>
    			<wfw:commentRss>https://glock.co.uk/blog/google-to-appeal-a%c2%ac50-million-gdpr-fine/feed/</wfw:commentRss>
    		<slash:comments>0</slash:comments>
    		</item>

    I've checked that both sites have the same encoding set in wp-config. What else can I check?

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