Facebook Groups now have an updated invitation system to reduce admin workloads and limit sharing of misinformation.
Meta recently announced a few new moderation features to battle online misinformation within Facebook Groups.
The changes are designed to empower group admins with the ability to act and reduce the spread of misinformation in their communities, but also to update the way admins manage and promote their groups.
The first feature allows admins to automatically reject incoming posts that are identified as containing false information by Meta’s third-party fact-checking network.
When admins opt to adopt this feature, flagged posts can be stopped before being published without needing manual intervention to either fact-check the content or weed it out.
The second feature expands the effectiveness of the “mute” button within Facebook Groups. The option, renamed “suspend,” allows admins and moderators to temporarily revoke posting, commenting, and/or reacting for group members within the group chat. It also stops them from being able to create or enter a group’s Room.
The “mute” option, which was first introduced in 2020 as a way for admins to moderate community engagement, has allowed admins to effectively suspend members, so the name change is a reinforcement of the penalty element at the behest of the moderators.
Furthermore, Meta is expanding the capacity for group admins to set up an automatic membership approval process within the Admin Assist functionality. The feature now offers better adjustments and configurations to instruct the basics of an automated application process – either accepting or denying a new membership solicitation.
One criteria example is the requirement for the prospective new member to have completed all member questions. The expansion of this automatic filtering process aims to reduce the manual moderation workload of admins and streamline responses.
Finally, Meta is also introducing the ability for Facebook Groups to grow their membership base via email invitations and QR codes. The company explained that, when scanned, the code takes people to the group’s About page, where they can join or request to join.