Facebook Group admins now have more power to screen prospective members. If you are a Group admin, Facebook says you can now add new members by establishing up to three questions for them to answer. It means you now have the power to screen potential members to ensure they are the right people you want in your Group.
As TechCrunch reports, the new update has already been rolled out to every group admins globally, and will help make discussions more constructive and fight against spam.
Speaking to Josh Constine of TechCrunch, a Facebook spokesperson said:
“Screening new membership requests requires time and legwork for admins – particularly for groups built around focused passions or purpose. For these groups, admins typically have specific criteria they require before admitting new members. Establishing these open-ended questions enables them to more quickly review and approve member requests; in turn, people seeking communities of support or shared interest can more quickly connect with others.”
To find the “Ask Pending Members Questions” option as a group admin, simply go to the Group’s settings menu. From there, you will have the option of creating up to three questions that anyone who intends to join your group can answer with up to 250 characters each. Answers to the questions, which by the way can only be seen by admins and moderators, are hidden from the public. Potential members who hit “Join” on a Group with a questionnaire will be asked to fill out immediately. However, those invited to join will get a notification linked to the form. Applicants, according to Constine, also have the chance to edit their answers before they are reviewed.
This new update is like putting more power in the hands of admins, and is in fact, one of the best moves made by Facebook to help admin select who they want to admit based on answers provided. It will not only eliminate spam; it will also enable admins to admit the right people with productive discussions to join their groups.
Facebook launched its Group feature functionality in 2010, which lets its members create spaces around shared interests so that they can share documents, chat, tag photos, and take part in community chats.
Other web and group messaging services also introduced services centered around group activities, underscoring the importance of making online activities relevant to a person’s real life community and activities.
In its first quarter earning call to early in early May to groups, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg said that more than 100 million users are part of “very meaningful” groups, and explaining further:
“Building a global community that works for everyone starts with building millions of smaller supportive communities. This is especially important, since membership in many physical communities is declining. We recently found that more than 100 million people on Facebook are members of what we call very meaningful groups, like parenting or rare diseases—support groups that are an important part of their support structure. My hope is to help more than 1 billion people join meaningful groups to strengthen our social fabric over the next few years.”