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What Happens When You Report a Group on Facebook?

Last Updated: May 16, 2023 References

This article was co-authored by Ben Whitehair and by wikiHow staff writer, Hannah Madden . Ben Whitehair is a Social Media Expert and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TSMA Consulting. With over a decade of experience in the social media space, he specializes in leveraging social media for business and building relationships. He also focuses on social media’s impact on the entertainment industry. Ben graduated summa cum laude from The University of Colorado at Boulder with BAs in Theatre and Political Science as well as a Leadership Certificate. In addition to his work as CIO, Ben is a certified business and mindset coach and National Board Member of SAG-AFTRA. He is also a successful entrepreneur as the Co-Founder of Working.Actor, the premier business academy and coaching community for actors. There are 10 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 33,327 times.

Joining a group on Facebook is a great way to connect with other like-minded people. However, if you stumble across something worrying or upsetting in a group that violates community guidelines, you might be looking for ways to get the group shut down. We’ve answered your questions about reporting a group on Facebook so you can better understand the process and what happens afterwards.

Things You Should Know

  • When you report a group on Facebook, the company will review its content to see if it violates their guidelines.
  • You will receive an email notifying you of Facebook's decision.
  • You can also decide to report specific posts to the admins of a Facebook group, who can determine the best course of action.

What does Facebook do after you report a group?

Step 1 They'll review the content to see if it violates their guidelines.

  • To get to your Support Inbox, log in to Facebook and click the small question mark in the upper right corner. Then, select “Support Inbox.”

Can you report content in a group to the admins?

Yes, you can report specific posts for admins to review.

  • Keep in mind that reporting a post to group admins does not send the report to Facebook, just to the admins themselves. If you want to report a post to Facebook, select Find support or report post .
  • When you report a post to group admins, the admins will be able to see who made the report.

What goes against Facebook’s community guidelines?

Step 1 Anything dangerous or groups that incite violence.

  • To read Facebook’s full community guidelines, visit https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/ .

How do I report a group to Facebook support?

Click Groups > Report Group > Next > Done.

Can you report a private group on Facebook?

Yes, it’s the same process as a public group.

Can a Facebook group see who reported them?

No, reports you make to Facebook support are anonymous.

Can you get a Facebook group shut down?

Yes, if it violates Facebook’s community guidelines.

How long will it take Facebook to shut a group down?

  • Anywhere from a few days to a few months. Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t have a specific timeline for how long their review process takes. Some people report that they only had to wait a couple of days, while other people say it takes up to a month (or even longer). [11] X Research source

How do I follow up with Facebook?

  • Unfortunately, you can’t report groups multiple times if you’ve already reported them. However, you can report multiple posts within a group, which may help Facebook review it faster.

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Facebook rolls out new tools for Group admins, including automated moderation aids

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Facebook today introduced a new set of tools aimed at helping Facebook Group administrators get a better handle on their online communities and, potentially, help keep conversations from going off the rails. Among the more interesting new tools is a machine-learning-powered feature that alerts admins to potentially unhealthy conversations taking place in their group. Another lets the admin slow down the pace of a heated conversation, by limiting how often group members can post.

Facebook Groups are today a significant reason why people continue to use the social network. Today, there are “tens of millions” of groups, that are managed by over 70 million active admins and moderators worldwide, Facebook says.

The company for years has been working to roll out better tools for these group owners, who often get overwhelmed by the administrative responsibilities that come with running an online community at scale. As a result, many admins give up the job and leave groups to run somewhat unmanaged — thus allowing them to turn into breeding grounds for misinformation, spam and abuse.

Facebook last fall tried to address this problem by rolling out new group policies to crack down on groups without an active admin , among other things. Of course, the company’s preference would be to keep groups running and growing by making them easier to operate.

That’s where today’s new set of features come in.

A new dashboard called Admin Home will centralize admin tools, settings and features in one place, as well as present “pro tips” that suggest other helpful tools tailored to the group’s needs.

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Another new Admin Assist feature will allow admins to automatically moderate comments in their groups by setting up criteria that can restrict comments and posts more proactively, instead of forcing admins to go back after the fact and delete them, which can be problematic — especially after a discussion has been underway and members are invested in the conversation.

For example, admins can now restrict people from posting if they haven’t had a Facebook account for very long or if they had recently violated the group’s rules. Admins can also automatically decline posts that contain specific promotional content (perhaps MLM links! Hooray!) and then share feedback with the author of the post automatically about why those posts aren’t allowed.

Admins can also take advantage of suggested preset criteria from Facebook to help with limiting spam and managing conflict.

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One notable update is a new moderation alert type dubbed “conflict alerts.” This feature, currently in testing, will notify admins when a potentially contentious or unhealthy conversation is taking place in the group, Facebook says. This would allow an admin to quickly take an action — like turning off comments, limiting who could comment, removing a post, or however else they would want to approach the situation.

Conflict alerts are powered by machine learning, Facebook explains. Its machine-learning model looks at multiple signals, including reply time and comment volume to determine if engagement between users has or might lead to negative interactions, the company says.

This is sort of like an automated expansion on the Keyword Alerts feature many admins already use to look for certain topics that lead to contentious conversations.

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A related feature, also new, would allow admins to also limit how often specific members could comment, or how often comments could be added to posts admins select.

When enabled, members can leave one comment every five minutes. The idea here is that forcing users to pause and consider their words amid a heated debate could lead to more civilized conversations. We’ve seen this concept enacted on other social networks, as well — such as with Twitter’s nudges to read articles before retweeting, or those that flag potentially harmful replies , giving you a chance to reedit your post.

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Facebook, however, has largely embraced engagement on its platform, even when it’s not leading to positive interactions or experiences. Though small, this particular feature is an admission that building a healthy online community means sometimes people shouldn’t be able to immediately react and comment with whatever thought first popped into their head.

Additionally, Facebook is testing tools that allow admins to temporarily limit activity from certain group members.

If used, admins will be able to determine how many posts (between one and nine posts) per day a given member may share, and for how long that limit should be in effect for (every 12 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, 7 days, 14 days or 28 days). Admins will also be able to determine how many comments (between one and 30 comments, in five-comment increments) per hour a given member may share, and for how long that limit should be in effect (also every 12 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, 7 days, 14 days or 28 days).

Along these same lines of building healthier communities, a new member summary feature will give admins an overview of each member’s activity on their group, allowing them to see how many times they’ve posted and commented, have had posts removed or have been muted.

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Facebook doesn’t say how admins are to use this new tool, but one could imagine admins taking advantage of the detailed summary to do the occasional cleanup of their member base by removing bad actors who continually disrupt discussions. They could also use it to locate and elevate regular contributors without violations to moderator roles, perhaps.

Admins will also be able to tag their group rules in comment sections, disallow certain post types (e.g., Polls or Events), and submit an appeal to Facebook to re-review decisions related to group violations, if in error.

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Of particular interest, though a bit buried amid the slew of other news, is the return of Chats, which was previously announced.

Facebook had abruptly removed Chat functionality back in 2019, possibly due to spam , some had speculated. (Facebook said it was product infrastructure.) As before, Chats can have up to 250 people, including active members and those who opted into notifications from the chats. Once this limit is reached, other members will not be able to engage with that specific chat room until existing active participants either leave the chat or opt out of notifications.

Now, Facebook group members can start, find and engage in Chats with others within Facebook Groups instead of using Messenger. Admins and moderators can also have their own chats.

Notably, this change follows on the heels of growth from messaging-based social networks, like IRL, a new unicorn (due to its $1.17 billion valuation) , as well as the growth seen by other messaging apps, like Telegram, Signal and other alternative social networks.

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Along with this large set of new features, Facebook also made changes to some existing features, based on feedback from admins.

It’s now testing pinned comments and introduced a new “admin announcement” post type that notifies group members of the important news (if notifications are being received for that group).

Plus, admins will be able to share feedback when they decline group members.

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The changes are rolling out across Facebook Groups globally in the coming weeks.

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What Does Member-Reported Content on Facebook Group Mean?

What does member-reported content on Facebook Group mean?

There are 2.74 billion monthly active users on Facebook. This figure indicates a 12% year over year increase since 2019.

As Facebook boasts to be the third most visited website in the world, it is safe to assume that its users are of diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. 

What this means is that what seems right to one person could be entirely wrong to another.

On Facebook groups where people are bound by certain goals and interests, there is a possibility for a difference of opinion.

With about 1.8 billion people use Facebook groups, and as businesses and brands leverage this platform for their business growth, misunderstanding is sometimes likely to occur.

As a Facebook group admin, what if you wake up one day to a notification from your Facebook group member reporting content that someone has posted?

In this post, I will provide the answer to the question: What does member-reported content on Facebook group mean?

And I will shed light on the pressing points surrounding the concept.

Let’s get started.

First, what does member-reported content mean on Facebook group?

What does member-reported content mean on Facebook Group?

A member reported content on Facebook group is content that a Facebook group member alerts the Facebook group admin or the Facebook authorities that it is abusive, illegal, offensive or that it infringes copyright rules.

When this happens, it is up to you as the Facebook group admin to decide whether to delete the content, remove the poster or leave the content if it poses no threat.

If it were Facebook authorities too, they would like to decide what action is best to resolve the issue. 

To avoid putting your Facebook group in a situation where you have no control over, you should abide by her rules and terms.

Sometimes, Facebook automatically deletes your Facebook page if your content is found violating. And they never reveal who reported your content, as it is necessary for them to protect other user’s privacy.

But what if you want to report someone’s content on Facebook?

How to report content on Facebook group?

You may be scrolling through your news feeds or a Facebook group, and you see a post that appears offensive or that violates Facebook’s terms of service, for instance, content that you’re sure is fake and could spite violence or hatred.

It is your responsibility to report such content as you’d be doing good to the world if you raise the alarm.

You can report a post, comments, or private messages to the Facebook group admin, as long as they violate the standards. 

Here’s how to report content you see in a group:

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Step 1: Click Groups in the left menu and select your group.

Step 2: Go to the post you want to report.

Step 3: Click on the three-dotted (…) at the top right of the post.

Step 4: Select Report post to group admins to report the post to an admin or select Find support or report a post to send the report to Facebook.

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Step 5: To report a post to a group admin, you must report the post from the group. 

That said, know that you can choose to report a post to an admin or to Facebook directly.

If you report the post to an admin, the admin who decides whether to remove the post, blocks the person who shared the post or not.

Reporting a post to an admin won’t send a report to Facebook.

Meanwhile, understand that you can’t report a post solely because you don’t agree with the writer’s opinion. You have the right to disagree with content but not with sentiments.

What happens when Facebook finds your content inappropriate?

Even as a Facebook admin, you can be liable to content standards violations on Facebook too.

For instance, if Facebook finds that your content violates the Facebook rules, you will receive a warning email informing you that your content has been deleted. 

In the email, you’ll be requested to re-read the rules again for further posting.

However, if your entire page, group, or profile is found to be violating Facebook’s content rule, your account will be disabled without warning, and you will only find out when you attempt to login to Facebook.

What do you do when your Facebook account is disabled?

Any content deleted by Facebook can never be replaced, you can’t even appeal.

However, you can appeal if your account is disabled. You’re allowed to plead your case if you feel that you’re reported unjustly.

If your appeal is denied, you can’t appeal again.

Sorry, too bad.

How do you manage member-reported content in a Facebook group as an admin?

When a member reports your content on Facebook, you’ll see a notification in your group.

facebook report post to group admin

This feature lets group members highlight posts for you to review for any reason.

To view all member-reported content:

  • From your News Feed, click Groups in the left menu and select your group.
  • Select Member-Reported Content in the left menu.
  • You can then choose to: 
  • Keep or delete the post.
  • Remove or block the member who created the post.
  • To report the post to Facebook, find the post in your group’s discussion, click and then select Find support or report post. 

What happens when Facebook auto-reports content in groups?

Aside from members reporting content, Facebook also auto-reports content in groups.

For instance, if a group member posts seemingly inappropriate or offensive content, Facebook automatically notifies to review and manage the post. 

This auto-reported post will only be shared with the group when the admin has approved them. 

The group admins have the authority to delete the post and block the group member who created the post.

But If a group admin approves several auto-reported posts, Facebook will stop auto-reporting them. 

Final Thoughts

As a Facebook admin, I understand how huge that responsibility is. So when Nicola said that, “I run a page with over 40,000 members. I have over 7300 reported posts that will not load up.” 

I felt her pain.

If you’re smart, you can help yourself by getting tools that will make your Facebook Group management a breeze instead of getting overwhelmed at all times. 

There are a ton of these tools, but Group Leads is outstanding . This Google Chrome extension helps you to convert your new Facebook group members into leads and place them in your email marketing software. 

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