Can people see what groups I’m in on Facebook? [Facebook Groups Privacy]

Using Facebook Groups

Many questions but can people see what groups i’m in on Facebook? or you ever wondered whether other people are able to see which Facebook groups you are affiliated with? The short answer is Yes but in this post, I’ll discuss Facebook groups, their attributes, privacy settings and if/how you can tweak them to suit your needs and preferences. 

Facebook Groups are a place for people to communicate with each other about shared interests. You can create a Facebook group for anything, for example, for your business, your family reunion, your sports team, or your book club.

Groups enable Facebook users to come together under a common cause, issue, or activity to organize, express objectives, debate issues, post photos, and share related content. 

Anybody can create and manage a Facebook Group, and a user can even join up to 6,000 other Groups.

You have the freedom to search for and join groups you’re interested in, or you can create groups of your own and add people to them or invite people to join them, and so on.

If you are the group owner or manager, you can customize your group’s privacy settings depending on who you want to be able to join and see the group.

To answer the question of whether people can see which Facebook groups you are in, let’s look at the privacy policy of Facebook groups.

Facebook Groups Privacy Policy

Facebook group privacy settings let you manage the basic privacy preferences. For any other stuff that you share on Facebook, you can choose your audience when you post. 

Facebook has two privacy settings for Facebook groups:

Public: where anyone on or off Facebook can see who is in the group and what they post. 

People can see this when people go to your Profile and check what groups you have joined, or when they go to the particular group you are in and check for its members.

Public groups are beneficial in such a way that people can more easily find and engage with content than in private groups. This means your group can be a resource for more people.

Private: where only group members can see who is in the group and what they post.

If you are in a private group, only the other group members will be able to see that you’re a member and see what you post.

So in a nutshell, yes, if you are in a public Facebook group, everyone on and off Facebook, in and out of your group can see that you are, and see what you post. Not so with a private Facebook group.

Tip: To see if your group is private or public, you can find the privacy of a group below the group’s name in the top left.

Things to Note about Facebook Groups:

  • Private groups have the option to change their visibility to hidden so that only members can find the group and no one else. Public groups however can only be visible.
  • When someone is invited to a group, they are able to see the group in preview mode, including its members’ list and content. However, in preview mode, they won’t be able to post or comment on other people’s posts in the group, and they won’t be able to invite others to the group either.
  • Members of the group can see when an invited member is previewing the group in the members’ list, but those who aren’t members of the group won’t see the “previewer” in the members’ list. And the group previewer won’t be included in the total group member count unless they accept the invite and join the group.
  • When a Facebook Page joins a group, since it may have several page admins, all of them can see and interact with posts and members of the group.
  • If a group admin adds a third-party app, that app has access to posts and comments in the group. However, third-party apps can’t access who wrote posts and comments unless the app has been given permission by the author.

Changing a Facebook Public Group Privacy

Public Facebook groups can change to private. If a privacy setting change is scheduled by an admin, there is a 3-day window for it to be cancelled in case they change their mind. 

Note that once a group changes from public to private, the change is permanent.

The change of a group’s privacy from public to private can only be done by the group’s admin.

Follow these steps to change the privacy of a public Facebook group you admin:

From your Facebook Feed, click Groups in the left menu and select your group. If you don’t see the Groups option, click See more.

Facebook group privacy

Facebook group settings

Click Group Settings in the left menu.

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Facebook group settings and if can people see what groups i'm in on facebook

Go to the Privacy setting.

Select Private and then click Change privacy.

Facebook group privacy setting
Change facebook group privacy

As mentioned earlier, you now have only 3 days where you can cancel the scheduled change, otherwise, the change will be effected, permanently.

Points to note in case of a group privacy change:

  • All admins will get a notification when the privacy change is scheduled.
  • Every group member will get a notification when the privacy change happens.
  • In case the privacy change is cancelled, the group will stay public and admins will be notified that the change was cancelled.

Changing a Facebook Private Group Privacy

To protect the privacy of group members, Facebook does not allow a private group to change to a public group. 

This is because if someone posts or comments on something in a private group, they are doing so with the expectation that the post or comments won’t be seen by anyone outside of the group.

If that group was to be changed to a public group, then it means that person’s post/comments would then be visible to everyone, which wasn’t the agreement/understanding when they posted.

On the brighter side, however, the group admin can make the private group visible so that anyone can find it in the search and other places on Facebook.

Facebook private group visibility

Note: Group members will not receive a notification when you change the group to visible or hidden.

Other Facebook Privacy Settings

If you want so badly to hide your affiliation to a certain Facebook group from your friends but because you’re not the group’s admin you can’t change it to be private, you can try one of these additional changes on your profile.

Hide Groups from your Facebook Profile

Go to your Facebook Timeline and click the More drop-down button, select Manage Sections at the bottom, OR you can go to the About tab and click on the pencil (✎) button then select Manage sections.

Under Manage Sections, you’ll be shown all the sections that are visible on your Public Timeline, scroll down and uncheck Groups and hit save. This will hide the groups you are in from your timeline.

Hide groups from your Facebook profile
Manage Facebook group sections

Edit your Public Post Filters and Tools

In your privacy settings, you can choose specific friends that will not be exposed to your future posts. And on each post you make you can also put an exception on which people you don’t want to see it. You can even Unfollow them, that way they won’t see any posts you share.

Edit facebook public post filters

Change your Activity Log Settings

Another thing you can do is to go into your activity log (Settings & privacy > Activity log), and here you can change your preference from public\ friends to ‘only me’, and whatever you commented about, or any other activity you engaged in will not be shown anywhere you don’t want it to.

change Facebook activity logo

Additionally, you can also post anonymously in a group if the group admins allow anonymous posts.

From your page Feed, click Groups in the left menu and select your group. If you don’t see Groups, click See more.

Click the prompt to create an Anonymous Post.

Create your post, then click Submit.

Post anonymously in facebook groups

After you submit an anonymous post, it will be reviewed by admins before it is published in the group. 

Note:

  • If you post anonymously, your name and profile picture will still be visible to the group’s admins and moderators, as well as to Facebook.
  • The comments you make on your anonymous post will also be anonymous. (but just like your anonymous post, group admins, moderators and Facebook will be able to see your name and profile picture.)
  • The details you include in your anonymous post could reveal your identity.
  • Some post formats are disabled for anonymous posts to protect you from inadvertently exposing your identity.
  • If you decide not to post anonymously while creating your post, you can just toggle Post anonymously again to turn it off.

In conclusion,

I hope this post has given you the information you were looking for and answered all our questions about Facebook groups and their privacy settings. If you are the admin of the group, you have the leeway to tweak the group’s privacy settings to suit whatever you prefer. 

However, if you are not the group admin, you can make use of the suggestions in the last section of this post to help you protect your comments or posts and any other activity you may participate in in your group, especially if you are part of a public group.

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