Author: Lisa Nielsen
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Is this true?
Let’s look at the buzz. Some admins are complaining that they’re losing thousands of members. Some are saying they weren’t informed in advance and there is no way to appeal. To prevent this, some admins are encouraging members to show some activity to stay in the group.
Here’s an example:
However, this isn’t what is actually happening.
So what’s happening?
What is happening is that Facebook wants authentic membership rather than falsely inflated groups. This happens when admins and moderators invite hundreds or thousands of people who never asked to be invited. These people are in the group, even if they never accept the invitation. What happens when unscrupulous admins do this is that groups look popular, when they’re really not.
What Facebook has done is moved those people who were not active to the “invited” list. It looks like this:
If an admin thinks that person may actually want to be in your group, they can send a reminder to accept the invitation. You can read more details on group invites at Facebook’s help center.
There is also something called “unavailable.” These are people who have deactivated their account or are no longer members of the group.
It looks like this:
You can read more details about unavailable group members at the Facebook help center.
Here is the notification Facebook provided for group admins: