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:
All my old Facebook groups showed up on my app today. I just posted in the Prez Webb is my Homeboy group!
— Jason Hines (@JasonLHines) November 28, 2012
Thank you @facebook for reminding me I'm still part of a group named, "I Survived the Facebook Revolt of '06"
— script kitty (@marthakelly) November 28, 2012
Having to leave each individual dumb Facebook group I joined in high school manually is not a good time.
— Nathan R Miller (@NateRussMill) November 28, 2012
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.
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