So if you’ve ever been part of a Facebook group you have probably witnessed how some people can creep into these groups and post things that are inappropriate or individuals who spam the group with their links and off-color comments.
As your Facebook group grows in it’s membership the chances of creepy spammers can definitely increase. As an admin it can feel like an assault on your group when you have a constant barrage of these type of individuals causing problems in your community.
I have some experience helping admin a couple Facebook Groups now for the last 4 years on Facebook. I love the connections that I have made in these groups and have learned that in order to provide an environment that fosters openness and sharing you must know how to filter out potential members who will not add anything to the group but their own self-promotion. Inevitably you have some creeps/spammers who slip through the cracks.
I want to show you How to keep creepy spammers out of your Facebook Group.
Let’s start by discussing the shady reasons these spammers try to join your Facebook Community:
- To post porn along with links to their Facebook page
- To spam the group with advertisements
- To shamelessly self-promote their business
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
When you’re first starting a Facebook group, your first inclination is to increase numbers & build your membership by accepting any and all member requests that you receive. I think there’s a natural tendency to do this BUT if your goal is to provide a useful, positive Facebook community then quality needs to be priority over quantity.
If you’re just starting out as an admin for your own Facebook group, I want to help provide you with some basic info and tips to help you get started and to ensure that you’re building a community that people will not only want to join but will want to stay in.
HERE A FEW BASIC TIPS ON HOW TO RECOGNIZE A CREEPY SPAMMER BEFORE CLICKING “ACCEPT”:
(Disclaimer: these aren’t hard & fast rules but just a guideline to go by.)
- Profile pic is of an explicit and overtly sexual nature- as is their profile page.
- Joined Facebook less than a month ago. Spammers are constantly creating fake facebook profiles and therefore a spammer will most likely only have been on Facebook for a couple of weeks.
- No profile pic at all. In my groups no pic- no accepting!
- Facebook profile URL is generic and not personalized (facebook.com/profile.php?id=987654321). Most legit people have personalized their Facebook URL- for example Mark Zuckerberg’s profile: https://www.facebook.com/zuck .
- Uses a famous person’s image as their profile pic. Creepy individuals will upload a pleasant non-sleazy profile pic and then once you approve them. They change it to their scandalous porn image.
- Questionable content on their Facebook profile page. Take a minute to click on their profile and do quick scan of their content.
SETTING UP FILTERS TO ENSURE QUALITY MEMBERS
Setting up “filters” is a way to weed out spammers & creepers and something all admins need to do.
- Create a Group Description: Write out a group description of the type of person your group is for to help ensure a good fit for the group culture you endeavoring to create. Be specific. So if are a branding coach and your target market is mom entrepreneurs make sure your specifically state that in your description.
- Give a Requirement: Enforce up a sign-up requirement (to your newsletter) in order for someone to be approved to your Facebook group. You can also require that they have their blog url or business url posted on their facebook profile to legitimize that they fit into the category/community you’re trying to reach. This extra step may discourage spammers & creepers from requesting to be added.
- Facebook Account Requirement: Most spammers are constantly creative new accounts so only accept those who have been on Facebook for a minimum of a year. Again, not a hard & fast rule but if the person you suspect has only been on Facebook for a month and has questionable content on their profile chances are it’s a spammer/creeper.
- Make sure to set clear group guidelines. People need to know what’s expected of them as a member of your Facebook group.
- Do some detective work: Do a google image search on their profile pic. This one is a little more time consuming, but if you do this you can see if this person has other fake Facebook accounts online. Here’s what you need to do:
a). Hover over the profile image, right click and save image to your computer.
b). Go to Google.com and click on “images” link on the upper right hand corner of the screen.
c). You will then be given an option to upload an image from your computer or use an image URL Once you do that Google we bring up that image if it’s anywhere else on the web. Often times spammers are using the same pic with different aliases all over social media.
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR ADMINS:
- Add additional admins. Add admins you trust to help you keep your group free of inappropriate comments & individuals. As your group grows it gets harder to manage by yourself.
- Post reported by a member…When a post is reported for pornography or other questionable content make sure to report the offending person’s profile to Facebook first. Go to their Facebook page and report their page.
- Delete & Ban offending members. On you’ve reported the individual’s profile go to your group member page and “delete” their post and/or “ban user”- I suggest doing both so they don’t try asking to come back in at a later date.
Wait I’m not an admin…how can I help out the community I’m a part of?
Bless you’re heart, you awesome person you! One way you can help is by reporting posts that are deemed questionable. Doing this really help out the admin and helps to create an community where you’re all looking out for the best interest of the group and it’s members.
Here’s how to report a post:
- Click on the gray arrow in the upper right hand corner of the spam post
- On the drop down you need to click on “Report to Admin”
- That’s it!
Facebook groups can be so beneficial and help people make great connections. Let’s not let the spammers & creeps ruin it! Hopefully following the suggestions and tips above will hopefully help you build safe community on Facebook.