A common theme we here from friends and colleagues on Facebook is the prevalence of Facebook Group spam. What we mean by that is when you are added to a group you have no interest in, often by somebody who you just accepted a friend request from. This "friend" typically does not reach out by private message or any other means to see if you would be interested in joining the group first.
Most people in this situation immediately leave the group, and this is where it can get even more annoying. Some group administrators continue adding you back to the group, even after you choose to leave. One instance we saw had a Facebook user added to a group over 12 times when he kept leaving the group.
The common consensus we have heard among our connections is that nobody likes this type of behavior with Facebook groups is very annoying and ruins the Facebook experience. Facebook doesn't seem to be addressing this problem at all, so this quick little guide will help you deal with Facebook Group spam on your own.
When you are added to a Facebook Group that you don't want to be a member of, follow the simple steps below.
1. Check Your Notifications
In your notifications, you will see the person who added you to a group, the name of the group, and any of your existing Facebook Friends who are also in the group.
2. Do Not Choose "Leave Group"
Most people choose this option, and it can create a lot of frustration when group administrators continue adding you back to the group.
3. Report The Group
Click on the 3 dot menu near the top right of the Facebook Group and choose "Report Group" from the drop down menu.
4. Choose "It's Harassing Me"
Some of the options on this list are not effective to leaving the group permanently. Choose the top option for consistent results.
5. Leave This Group
This is where the gold is. Choose the option to leave this group, and as you can see underneath that link, this option prevents members from re-adding you to the group.
We hope this helps you manage the Facebook Group spam that you are dealing with. Leave us your feedback in the comments below, and share this post to help fight Facebook Group spam everywhere.
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Posted on Thu, July 14, 2016
by Jonathan Kervin filed under