Facebook used its virtual event at the Facebook Communities Summit on Thursday to introduce various new functions for groups on both the administrator and user side.

Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook application, said in a newsroom post on Thursday: “As we get closer to the 10th anniversary of Facebook groups, we are reminded that online communities can be a lifeline when people don’t can be physically close to each other. Groups are used by over 1.8 billion people every month, and there are tens of millions of active communities on Facebook, where people come together to talk about their interests, learn new things, chat and socialize. We know groups need to be safe for everyone, so we’ve made changes to reduce harmful content and misinformation as well. “

Group admins can now use the Admin Assistant tool to set rules that help Facebook moderate posts in the group, such as: For example, disapproving of posts with certain keywords or from people who haven’t been in the group for a long time or have been reported about the posts in the past.

Admins can also organize content in their groups using hashtags and pin topics at the top of the group to make them stand out for all members.

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New ways to stimulate discussion and encourage engagement within a group include chats that can be created and connected in real time.

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Prompts are a new type of collaborative post that allows users to share photos on a specific topic and swipe through everyone’s replies.

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Administrators can hold text-based question-and-answer sessions that members can easily attend.

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Also, users can set custom profile photos for different groups they belong to and customize their profiles to share information relevant to each community.

Facebook will also begin testing new ways that people can discover public groups on and off its platform.

Some users may see related discussions in the news feed when someone posted a link or re-shared a post on the social network so they can see what other groups are saying about the same content.

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The Groups tab shows posts from public groups related to people’s interests, as well as popular posts from public groups.

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Simo added: “You may see conversations from public groups outside of the Facebook app, such as when browsing the web.”

Public group administrators have the option of whether or not to include their groups in this new experience, and they can enable post approvals for their groups during the sign-up process, for existing members, new members, and non-members.

Simo wrote, “From there, it’s easy to join the conversation without joining the group, as long as the community allows it. Administrators still have control over their group settings, e.g. B. who can post and comment without permission, and we show people the group rules before they post so the community culture stays strong. With the new Admin Assist feature, you can also easily restrict certain types of posts. “

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