What Does Reporting a Group on Facebook Mean?
By Carolyn Luck
In an effort to protect its members, Facebook includes a “Report” link next to virtually every item posted. From photos and ads to events and groups, members can blow the whistle on objectionable content. Rest assured that, although not every report leads to group deletion, member identity is always protected and groups found in violation must deal with negative consequences.
Reporting a Group
How to Report
Since reporting a group may not result in its removal, you have alternative options to shield yourself from objectionable content. If you’re a current member, you may leave the group. Click the gear-shaped icon in the upper-right corner of the group’s main page and select the “Leave Group” option that appears in the resulting drop-down menu. This will remove any group activity from your News Feed and prevent you from receiving future messages from the group. You can also send a message to the group’s admin addressing your concerns. While this will not guarantee the removal of the questionable content, it may certainly help since an admin has the ability to delete content as he or she sees fit.
Facebook Community Standards
When deciding whether to report a group, consider reading Facebook’s Community Standards. Facebook will remove content that contains violence or threats of violence to oneself or another. Such content may also be referred to local law enforcement and suicide prevention agencies, when necessary. Although members are encouraged to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, negative or threatening speech directed at an individual or group is not permitted. Facebook takes matters of bullying, harassment and hate speech very seriously. While graphic content, pornography and nudity are generally not permitted, there are times when such content is allowed as artistic expression or as a component of current events.
Carolyn Luck has developed an extensive technical background in social media, online marketing, event planning, business development and small business management while serving as editor of "iMarketing Magazine." She has been published in "IPTV Magazine" and has contributed to many websites. Luck holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.