To help keep people safe on Facebook, the company has introduced four new tools for group admins and members. Admins can now find member requests, group insights and more together in one place, making it easier to manage groups and freeing up more time for admins to connect with members.
Admins can add a personalised colour to be displayed throughout their group.
Facebook also introduced group announcements to let admins post up to 10 announcements that would appear at the top of their groups. Admins can also create a dedicated rules section to help them effectively communicate the rules of the group to their members.
The company also announced ‘Facebook Community Leadership Programme’, a global initiative that invests in people building communities. Facebook will commit tens of millions of dollars to the programme, including up to $10 million in grants that will go directly to people creating and leading communities.
The Facebook Community Leadership Programme is designed to empower leaders from around the world, who are building communities through the Facebook family of apps and services. It includes Residency and Fellowship opportunities to offer training, support and funding for community leaders from around the world aand Community Leadership Circles to bring local community leaders together to meet up in person to connect, learn and collaborate. Facebook piloted three circles in the US in 2017 and will expand globally later this year.
‘Up to five leaders will be selected to be community leaders in residence and awarded up to $1,000,000 each to fund their proposals. Up to 100 leaders will be selected for our fellowship programme and will receive up to $50,000 each to be used for a specific community initiative,’ the company said.
Applications are now open for the residency and fellowship.