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Sharing YouTube video on Facebook - force https thumbnail?

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Last Modified: 2016-12-12
I have a hosted website running Wordpress and a plugin that places recent posts from my Facebook page and Twitter feeds onto a specific page.

I am trying to move my site to using https. It is on a dedicated IP with a private SSL certificate.

If I share a YouTube video onto my Facebook page, although the link to the video itself may be an https link, the thumbnail image always appears to be from the non-secure YouTube URL

This is the YouTube video in question in this instance:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAD_E1kaYuY&spfreload=10

When I paste this URL into Facebook, the thumbnail image that is shown is:-

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/PAD_E1kaYuY/maxresdefault.jpg

Subsequently, when the plugin loads my social media feeds, my site loses it's padlock because of the YouTube image.

Is there a way to force thumbnails from https://i.ytimg.com rather than http://i.ytimg.com ?
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