Facebook Groups now include Reels and more anti-misinformation tools

Facebook gives groups a boost with new features, not to mention tools to ensure healthy discussions. Like it or not, Reels are coming to groups — members can share how-to videos, vacation recaps, and other videos using the seemingly ubiquitous format. You can also update your group profile to share common ground and signal that you’re open to messages. And if you want to broadcast an event, you can share public Facebook events as Instagram Stories.

The social media giant is also making it easier to curb the spread of misinformation within groups. Admins can automatically move posts with known false claims (i.e. verified by fact-checkers) to pending posts so they can be reviewed before being deleted. While executives could already automatically disapprove posts and even auto-block posters, this could help them spot trends in fake content and make ban decisions.

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There are also efforts to encourage conversation. Facebook is testing an extension (see above) that would allow admins to allow content that might otherwise be flagged as bullying and harassment, such as: B. describing a fish as “fatty”. This is only available to actively involved administrators who have not managed a remote group or committed a serious policy violation. In another test, admins can reward contributions by giving points to community members. For example, you can get badges for welcoming newcomers or providing useful tips.

The changes are both an attempt to encourage positive engagement and an acknowledgment that groups have sometimes been the source of Facebook’s biggest misinformation problems. It put some communities on probation for spreading false 2020 election claims and banned hundreds of QAnon groups. The ability to allow certain flagged content is unusual — effectively, Facebook is willing to let groups override its moderation system if they think there’s a bug.

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