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Facebook has many features that users can take advantage of. Apart from connecting with people, creating pages and events, it is also possible to create groups as well.
Anybody can become a member of a group as long as you’re friends with the person who created it.
Previously, Facebook would send an invite to a person. As such, the recipient had a choice whether to accept the invitation to join the group or leave it without taking action.
Today, however, the process of adding a member to a group can be done automatically by anyone you are friends with on Facebook.
Any creator of the group can immediately add all his or her Facebook friends without providing any option for those people to accept or decline it.
Understandably, this “feature” has ruffled a few feathers (including yours truly), particularly where you do not wish to be a part of certain groups.
Many argue this functionality only provides an easy avenue for some people to spam others or send malicious attacks such as through phishing links or software download.
If you’ve reached your tolerance level when it comes to being randomly added to a Facebook group willy nilly, what are the steps you take to avoid being part of a group you don’t want to belong to?
Firstly I should point out, there is no way to stop people adding you to a Facebook group, other than not being their friend in the first place (too late to unfriend if you’ve been added to the group already!)
So what can you do if you are already in a group?
Option 1: Leave the Group
One option is to leave the group.
To do this, go to your news feed and on the left column, look for the Groups you belong to. You will find it above the list of Apps you use on Facebook.
Hover your mouse over the group you wish to leave. Wait for the grey pencil icon to appear and then choose the menu item Leave Group
Alternatively, Click into the group you wish to leave.
In the top right hand side, look for the cog.
Click to clog to show the dropdown list – Create event, Add to Favorites, Report Group and Leave Group.
To remove yourself from the group, simply click the Leave Group option.
A confirmation box will immediately show asking you to confirm your action of leaving the group. Click the Leave Group button if you’re sure.
Leaving a group will also prevent other members from re-adding you to that particular group.
Option 2: Make a request
The second option is request the creator to remove you from the group.
Facebook will have sent you a message (depending on your settings) when you were first added to a group. Send a message to whomever added you requesting him or her to remove you from the group. If you choose, state your reason such as you’re already a member of a lot of groups.
In case the group creator does not take action, you can always unfriend that person so he or she won’t be able to add you to any group moving forward and follow the steps to remove yourself from a group I’ve outlined in Option 1.
Option 3: Create/subscribe to bogus groups
As a last resort, your third option is to create or subscribe to bogus or empty groups.
Your goal here is to reach the group limit (of 300 groups) so that other people you’re friends with can no longer add you to new groups. Probably not the most preferred course of action, but it will stop you being added to future groups on Facebook
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By Wendy Chamberlain
Copyright 2012 Savvy Web Women Pty Ltd
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