These new Facebook features allows admins to better manage groups and minimize the spread of fake news

As we see, passing on false information is very common nowadays, Meta announced some new features specifically for Facebook Groups which will be helpful for the administrators in keeping a check on the groups in order for them to be safe and secure. Mainly it focuses on reducing misinformation, managing inter-group activities along with minimizing admin workload.

This latest upgrade will help admins to supervise their groups to protect them, keep them safe, and assess information in such a way that no false information is passed on in the group. For that, the company has presented an option through which admins can disapprove or reject the requested posts that include wrong data. This data is checked thoroughly by Meta’s fact-checkers who recognize whether the given information is correct or wrong. As stated by Facebook, the latest feature will reduce the distribution of wrong content among the user groups.

Through the Admin Assist functionality, the moderators of the groups can accept or cancel member requests considering that the soon-to-be member meets the already set criteria of the group, for example answering the member questions.

For efficient management of the group, Meta is also upgradingthe “Admin Home” page, and turning it into a section that contains the summary of activities that require the admin’s instant attention. In addition to that, there is a layout to easily search tasks and assist admins to be aware of their group’s growth and participation.

Moreover, Facebook is diversifying functions of the “mute” option in the groups and upgrading it to “suspend” that will allow the administration to stop group participants from making a post, commenting on a post, and creating or entering a Room in the user group, for some period of time. This upgrade will aid admins to maintain healthy and safe interaction among the groups and restrict bad actions.

Now the group admins will be able to share their group with people who want to connect with the group, by using the new option of sharing a QR code. They can download the QR code now and share it with others even when offline. By scanning thatcode, one will be greeted with the “About” page of the group, where they’ll see the option of joining the group.

These new updates are going to be available to all Facebook users over the globe.

These features Facebook launched today, as for a long time Facebook User Groups used to be known for their growing use by those who wish to outspread inappropriate and wrong information. As they are private, Facebook groups serve as a platform for a variety of inaccurate and unhealthy information, including wrong information related to health and well-being, illogical contents, and deceptive information. Hence these new updates presented today put emphasis on labeling a few of these problems and assists admins to be able to run their groups efficiently, supervise and direct them and secure them. Unfortunately, these updates came too late as the battle against digital misinformation had begun long ago.

However, it’s not a new thing that the company has provided the moderators more authority over their groups. Back in June 2021, Facebook launched options to aid admins to run the user groups in a better way. These options included a feature that aimed to alert admins of the inappropriate discussions going on in their groups, known as the machine-learned-powered feature. The other option allowed moderators the authority to decelerate some intense discussion by controlling the frequency with which the participants can post. Facebook stated that “tens of millions” of user groups are supervised and controlled by around 70 million operative moderators globally.

In addition to focusing on boosting up the overall outcome of the Groups, Facebook emphasizes making sure that administrations are provided with all the things required to run the user groups. They presented some updates for the user groups, at the Facebook Communities Summit held in November. The updates included options for moderators to establish a stronger group culture, subscribed paid and unpaid subgroups, instant conversations for admins, and support for group funds. As per Facebook, these updates were to observe how Groups are going to perform in the future in “metaverse” by Meta.
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