Facebook has updated its group settings to prevent any group from changing its status from “private” to “public” in regard to protect users of the group from uncertain exposure.

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The new settings will ensure stability across all types of Facebook groups. Until now Facebook has provided groups with less than 5000 members to make changes to their privacy settings every 28 days. But with the introduction of these new settings, a group once switched to “private” will always stay private. Facebook states that if an admin does changes its group from public to private, then they will have 72 hours time period to change the decision, if not then it will stick forever.

The main reason behind this change is the privacy of group members. It is possibly a way to stop memes’ accounts from luring in new members by turning between public and private. Instagram chief Adam Mosseri back in March stated on the measures of meme pages turning private to gain more followers.

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Switching the accounts to private means users when sharing the content with their friends they won’t be able to see it unless they follow the account. This made the accounts like these boost up their followers’ numbers. Considering this happening on Instagram could potentially be extended to Facebook in order to gain more followers by switching accounts to private.

This new change is only applicable to groups under 5000 members only. Facebook is on the move to follow no going back approach to avoid any misuse. These new changes will roll out in the coming weeks.

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