Hold Facebook groups accountable for bullying

Hold Facebook groups accountable for bullying

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Colleen James started this petition to Facebook

Facebook is one of the most popular mediums of communication in the modern world and experiences on Facebook are becoming central to our daily lives. Further, the best and worst part of Facebook is the groups. There is nothing like a good Facebook community, but it is not always good. Facebook groups can also be incredibly toxic.  

Currently, it is not possible for an individual user to know if they are joining a toxic or abusive Facebook group until they have been admitted. Currently, all a user knows before they join a group is the information that the group would like to present about themselves and some information about how frequently a new post is made in the community. 

We’ve all been in a toxic Facebook group.
“How is this allowed?!”
“Did I just join an MLM?” 
“Why are they protecting this behavior?!”
”What just happened to me?”
”Was that a glitch or did that just get deleted?”
”I spent a lot of time writing that, I loved it, and I can’t even pull it from my activity log.”
”That seems illegal.”
”I’m pretty sure you’re not allowed to say that about people.” 
Etc...

We’re asking Facebook to add a review or metrics system to the Facebook group descriptions that give users an idea about the culture of Facebook groups.

Metrics that could help are:
- how often behavior in the group is reported directly to Facebook;
- how often people are removed from the group;
- how often a group gets sanctioned for violating the community standards;
- how frequently an admin comments on posts before deleting or banning others (predictable consequences);
- qualities satisfied group members would endorse about the group (political, inclusive, informative, fun, fair-minded, etc.);
- qualities dissatisfied group members would endorse about the group (political, cliquish, misinformation, divisive, antagonism allowed, punitive, etc). 

We could probably put our heads together and come up with many more! And, you know what? Facebook probably could think of even better metrics that would give users a better idea of what they are joining. It would be amazing if users were given that sort of control of their Facebook experiences. Negative Facebook experiences can impact our wellbeing.

Please sign to create more transparency and accountability for our Facebook groups experiences! 

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