Facebook is taking the headache out of screening new Group members by letting admins ask them specific questions when they request entry.
According to TechCrunch, Group admins can now screen prospective members by setting three questions, which can be answered in up to 250 characters. A Facebook spokesperson says:
For these groups, admins typically have specific criteria they require before admitting new members. Establishing these open-ended questions enables them to more quickly review and approve member requests; in turn, people seeking communities of support or shared interest can more quickly connect with others.
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Reportedly, this is to help weed out trolls and spammers. Only admins and moderators will be able to see the answers. It’s already been rolled out globally.
If anyone wants to join my Facebook Group, here’s a preview of the three questions I’m going to ask: