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Q. Help! I am so annoyed! People keep adding me to Facebook Groups without asking me first! Suddenly I’m getting notices from people I haven’t even met in my inbox. Get this, I was added to a group for a high school reunion and I didn’t even go to that high school!
Don’t people have to ask before adding me to a Facebook Group? How can I quit the group? I can’t find a Quit Group button! Do I have to ask to leave a group?
A. You’re right, Facebook Groups can be incredibly annoying when you’re added without your permission, especially when the Group has nothing to do with you.
If you want to leave a Facebook Group, go to the Group’s page and look for the Settings symbol on the upper right hand corner of the page, below the pictures of the members of the group. Click on the Settings symbol and then click “Leave Group.”
Facebook will ask you to confirm your decision. Click “Leave Group” and you will be unsubscribed from the Group.
After you’ve left the Group you won’t see it listed in the Groups section on the left side of your Facebook page, you won’t get email notices from the group, and you won’t see posts from the Group in your News Feed.
If you want to stay in the Group without getting email notices from them, click on Notifications (to the left of the Settings icon), Settings and un-check the email option.
To learn more about Facebook Groups, check out the Facebook Groups Help Page.
The Netiquette on Facebook Groups hasn’t evolved yet, but so many people have told me about their annoyance with Facebook Groups that I strongly suggest that people be asked before they’re added to a Facebook Group.
Personally, I have mixed feelings about being added to Facebook Groups. Sometimes I’ve been delighted at being added to a Group. Other times I was annoyed when I was added to a Group. You shouldn’t hesitate to leave a Group if it’s not a good fit for you.
Have you ever been added to a Facebook Group without being asked first? Do you like Facebook Groups or do you find them annoying? Have you ever quit a Facebook Group? What do you think the Netiquette is about being added to a Group without being asked first? Let us know in the Comments section below!