Thanks to a Facebook Blunder You’ve Been Re-Added to the Groups You Left on Facebook

A change in Facebook group functionality, you automatically got re-added to all those weird groups you left four years ago!

Remember that group that your friends created back in 2007 that was supposed to be cool but you stormed out of after it disintegrated into social media rage? Or that one time Timmy created a group to gather numbers from cute girls because he lost his phone in Lake Michigan?

Congratulations! You should probably check your Group settings because you’re probably back in them, according to The Noisecast.

It looks like overnight Facebook made changes to their groups and created a whole set of other problems in the process. This message is appearing in the groups I was re-added to:

To make matters worse, there are closed and secret groups whose content has been made public.

So that secret tribute group to the Flying Spaghetti Monsters? No so secret anymore. But instead of dogs, you’ll be wondering who let the Pastafarians out! (I’m mostly sorry for this terrible joke.)

Here are some tweets we found across the web:

Facebook has released a statement acknowledging the bug today in an interview with NBC News:

“A bug surfaced last night that caused some users to be re-added to groups that they previously belonged to. We are working to resolve the issue now. In the meantime, we are rolling out a short-term fix for all closed groups that will make the content of those groups inaccessible to the re-added members.”

In the mean time, take a quick sweep through your group memberships, alert your friends, and double-check your content.

Photo credit: Flickr / Thos003

About Deanna Ogle

Deanna Ogle hails from the greater Detroit area and her work has appeared in The Good Men Project, The Printed Blog, and Provoketive Magazine. She is studying journalism and religious studies, and writes at her personal blog Soul like a Spider. Loves: carnations, iced espresso, and watching movies with her husband. Find her at Twitter, Google and Facebook.


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  13. Farcebook strikes again…. and some wonder why I dumped the whole mess some years ago! Not only are there most serious security issues around the let us share all your data with who ever you don’t want meme – the idiots doing the programming are so incompetent they often aint able to spell (Just look at the notes ion the source code)

    The European Authorities are rather miffed – because of course under European law holding old and unnecessary data is .. well … er…. Highly Illegal! … and bit like Google collecting wireless data including emails addresses, passwords never mind content as the drive around in cars with Daleks on the roof recording not just the view of the front of you house, but also your wireless router settings and so much more.

    EPIC – Electronic Privacy Information Center and Center For Digital Democracy are asking questions yet again. .

    Ah well – we will see, but that Cultural Divide across the Atlantic is just getting bigger and bigger to the point where some folks social networks are going to be far less than global and I do mean the .com bubble going pop again.

    Old Zuckey sells out quick – bubble pops – still no-one can figure out how to make profit …. and some thought that “growth over profits” mentality was just last century and only one .com bubble could ever go bust!

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