Facebook has announced the full roll-out of a new, automatic member approval process for groups, which could help reduce management time for group admins, while still enabling them to maintain some control over group membership.
As you can see in this example, the new process enables group admins to set up to four requirements for automated membership.
Admins can require that applicants:
- Complete all membership questions
- Live within a specific city or region (as listed on their Facebook profile)
- Be approved only if they are friends with people who are current members of the group
- Have been active on Facebook for at least one year
As noted, this enables admins to maintain some level of control over incoming members, even if they’re not individually approving each. What’s more, these variables can’t be falsified or cheated, because they’re not manually entered. That’ll help provide some assurance to group admins that they’re only letting real people in – though it does somewhat reduce their control, which could still allow undesirables to join up. But they can, of course, be removed at any time after as well.
As your Facebook group grows, so too do your management tasks and admin requirements, and approving new members is one of those elements that can quickly become overwhelming. That’s generally a good problem to have, but automated tools like this could take a lot of the pressure off, and help admins focus on other, more important aspects, like moderation and maximizing engagement.
And when those tasks also start to stack up, you can tap into Facebook’s new ‘Suggested Moderator’ recommendations, which will highlight active members who could make good assistants for such.
Facebook has made groups a bigger focus in 2019, with more conversations shifting to enclosed spaces, where users can discuss their thoughts and beliefs without having to share the same with all of their connections. That enables Facebook to maximize engagement, but it may also hide some of the more controversial posts in private areas, away from public scrutiny.
Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen, but clearly, groups are on the rise, and new tools like this will help admins better manage their forums.
To set up automatic member approvals:
- Go to “Moderate Group” on your desktop computer
- Click on “Automatically Approve Members”
- Follow the instructions to set up your membership requirements
- You can always return to this screen to edit your membership requirements anytime
You can read more about the process here.
Twitter adds warning labels to false Ukraine war posts
Misleading tweets about Russia’s war on Ukraine will be hidden behind messages warning they could cause real world harm under a new Twitter policy. – Copyright AFP Asif HASSAN
Twitter on Thursday said it will put warning labels on demonstrably false posts about Russia’s war in Ukraine under a new “crisis misinformation policy.”
Tweets violating the new rule will be hidden behind messages saying that misleading information in the posts could cause real-world harm, said Twitter head of safety and integrity Yoel Roth.
Twitter users will then have to click on a link to see an offending post.
“While this first iteration is focused on international armed conflict, starting with the war in Ukraine, we plan to update and expand the policy to include additional forms of crisis,” Roth said in a blog post.
Examples of the kinds of posts that would merit warning labels included false reports about what is happening on the ground and how the international community is responding.
Twitter said it will make a priority of adding warning labels to tweets from high-profile accounts such as state-affiliated media outlets, governments, and users whose identities have been verified.
“Conversation moves quickly during periods of crisis, and content from accounts with wide reach are most likely to rack up views and engagement,” Roth said.
He added that the new policy will guide Twitter’s efforts “to elevate credible, authoritative information, and will help to ensure viral misinformation isn’t amplified or recommended by us during crises.”
The content moderation move comes as Twitter faces the prospect of being bought by billionaire Elon Musk.
The controversial Tesla chief openly advocates for anyone to be able to say whatever they want on Twitter, no matter how untrue, as long as it doesn’t break the law.
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