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Facebook Adds ‘Suggested Moderator’ Recommendations to Assist in Group Management

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As your Facebook group grows, there’ll come a time when you need to add in more moderation resources to keep things under control. But finding the right candidates for such roles can take time – you need to be across their activity, their commitment, their adherence to guidelines, etc.

To help narrow down the field, Facebook is now adding a new ‘suggested moderator’ tool, which will identify key members of your group/s who could be good candidates to become moderators and group leaders.

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As explained by Facebook:

“[The] feature that will suggest a list of members from your group who could potentially be a good fit for your moderator team. This feature is completely optional to use, and we have several processes in place to help keep groups safe. However, admins also have an important role in protecting their group, and we recommend that admins thoroughly check the member profiles of these suggested moderators before officially inviting them to join the moderator team.”

The new feature was first spotted by social media expert Matt Navarra last week, and is now being rolled out to all mobile users. The tool will start with a small subset of groups and expand over time.

Facebook first started testing Suggested Moderators back in July.

To view your ‘Suggested Moderator’ recommendations (if/when you have access), you’ll need to:

  • Navigate to your ‘Admin Tools’ section in your group
  • Within the section titled ‘Insights from the last 28 days’, swipe left until you see a section that has a number of suggested moderators for you to review.
  • Once you click on that section, you’ll see a list of the specific members that we recommend would be good fits for your group as moderators.
  • Within that list, you can directly decide to invite those members to join your moderator team.

It could be a handy addition – and for brands running groups, it could also be a good way to acknowledge your key advocates, and further solidify their engagement and commitment, in at least a semi-official way. Of course, that also comes with a level of risk in trusting your group administration to non-employees, but for dedicated fans, it may be worth considering. 

With Facebook group engagement rising, and Facebook looking to capitalize on such, more businesses are no doubt considering whether a Facebook group could be beneficial to their broader marketing efforts. Maybe this addition will make it a more viable option moving forward.

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You can read more about Facebook’s new ‘Suggested Moderators’ tool here.

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Jailed Saudi woman tweeter shrugged off risk: friend

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The ability to tweak tweets after firing them off has been a feature users have long yearned for at the one-to-many messaging platform

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A Saudi woman given 34 years in prison for tweets critical of the government knew people were informing on her but did not take it seriously, a friend said Thursday.

Salma al-Shehab, a member of the Shiite minority in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, had been studying for a doctorate in Britain and was arrested in January 2021 while on holiday.

On August 9 she was sentenced to 34 years in jail for aiding dissidents seeking to “disrupt public order” in the kingdom by relaying their tweets.

A friend of Shehab, who asked not to be identified for her own security, said she had not taken threats of denunciation seriously.

“We discussed people harassing her on Twitter and reporting her tweets to the security services online,” the friend told AFP.

“She didn’t think the authorities would be interested in someone with less than 2,000 followers,” she added.

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Shehab now has around 3,000 followers on Twitter.

A mother of two and a PhD candidate at Britain’s University of Leeds, School of Medicine, she was also banned from travelling abroad for a further 34 years as part of the sentence.

The oil-rich Gulf state has cracked down on rights activists, many of whom have been jailed and banned from travel.

Women’s rights activists have also been targeted.

A Saudi Arabian national flag flies in Riyadh – Copyright AFP Dimitar DILKOFF

The crackdown increased after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman became Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler in 2017.

The authorities have made available an app called “Kollona Amn” (Arabic for “We are all security”) which allows “all citizens and residents in Saudi Arabia to play the role of police officer”.

It is used to report accidents or crimes — but can also be a tool to denounce political opponents.

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Shehab tweeted mostly about women’s rights in the conservative country.

She was jailed just weeks after US President Joe Biden visited Saudi Arabia, a controversial trip because of the kingdom’s human rights record.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Wednesday that Washington regularly raised the issue of human rights with Riyadh.

“Exercising freedom of expression to advocate for the rights of women should not be criminalised,” he said.

Rights group Amnesty International has called for Shehab’s immediate and unconditional release. It described her jailing as “outrageous”.

On its website, the University of Leeds said in a statement it was “deeply concerned” by the development, “and are seeking advice on whether there is anything we can do to support her”.

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