Meta has announced new features for admins in Facebook Groups to better moderate users' posts while making it easier for users to join in through QR codes.
While social networks have had the mammoth task of tightening up moderation, Meta has tried to improve its practices on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
But it's Facebook Groups that have been bearing the brunt of misinformation in recent times, which is why Meta is stepping up its cause (opens in new tab) to help out the admins of these groups with more powerful features.
However, it remains to be seen if these will make a big difference in the ever-changing world of 2022.
Analysis: Will new features be enough?
The blog post states other new features, such as being able to automatically approve or decline new users, based on the answers that they give when applying to be part of a group. There's also another useful new feature that allows admins to suspend users who have already had their recent posts muted, and their new posts still break the guidelines of the group
Meta has stated that it has 1.8 billion people that use Facebook Groups, with over half of all its users being members of five or more active groups, so new features for admins to help moderate these posts will always be welcome.
However, these are the types of features that should have been there years ago. Our US Editor-in-Chief, Lance Ulanoff has been receiving prompts to tighten up his security on Facebook, with a feature called Facebook Protect.
The consequence of not enabling Facebook Protect is a full-lock-out of your account, restricting you from accessing the social media website.
This looks to be applicable to accounts with blue ticks for now, but there's always a chance that Meta will open this up to all users as an added security feature.
This comes back to Meta's stance on security and moderation. While it's welcome to see these updates for Facebook Groups, its approach to challenging misinformation on Pages statuses, Reels and even photos still has a long way to go to correct the narrative for current news around the world.
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