Facebook groups attract more than 400 million members and see 1.4 billion engagements every month on the platform. The pandemic has seen negative press regarding Facebook groups and misinformation about the virus in general. That's perhaps prompted the new focus on moderation of groups by the social media giant. While there's intent on stamping out wild claims and unverified advice on the platform, however, it's worth remembering that the task isn't all that straightforward. Even though misinformation can offend and annoy users, removing it completely from view means users can't gauge the climate because they won't know what's getting discussed within private groups - and that's probably the main challenge for Facebook.
New group moves cover a few main aspects of posting on the platform:
Remove militia and anarchist groups from recommendations, restrict them within search, and reduce applicable feed content.
Stop recommendations of health-related group material for users.
Cut back on exposure for groups that consistently share false information that gets pulled up by Facebook fact-checkers. If violations continue, the groups concerned will get removed altogether.
Groups that get removed will see former admins prohibited from starting a new group for a set period.
Facebook says: "Our Community Standards apply to public and private groups, and our proactive detection tools work across both. That means even if someone doesn't report an issue to us, our AI can detect potentially violating content and we can remove it."
Groups with No Active Admin Will Get Archived
Facebook is going further in an effort to clean up groups, and that extends to having active admins within them. The social media platform will start archiving groups if no admin is present, but it will prompt existing users to step in and take over first:
|"Moving forward, when a single remaining admin chooses to step down, they can invite members to become admins. If no invited members accept, we will suggest admin roles to members who may be interested. If no one accepts, we'll archive the group."|