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How to turn on post approval on your Facebook group

In times of crisis, as Facebook group admins, we can often bear the brunt of people’s anxiety and frustrations.

I personally made the move to post approval about a year ago and have never regretted it, but I am especially happy about that decision now, during the Coronavirus pandemic. Post approval allows me to be able to proactively prevent posts that might cause problems in the group.

I highly recommend making the switch.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Go to More> Edit Group Settings at the top of the group:
edit group settings

2. Scroll down almost to the bottom of the page and check the box under Post Approval that says, “All group posts must be approved by an admin or a moderator.” Don’t forget to SAVE!

Post approval checkbox

Going forward, you or another Admin or Moderator will need to approve all posts:

You’ll see the pending posts at the top of your group:

Post approval alert

When you click on them, you’ll see the posts, with the option to approve or decline:

pending posts screen

At this point you can approve or decline the post:

approve or decline post

If you decline, you have the option to check the rule that was violated, and you can also add additional notes:

pending post violation

You also have the option to share the violated rule and notes with the original poster. You’ll need to check “Share violated rules and notes with…” box in order to make this happen.

pending post violation

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