Need to block someone on Facebook, specifically in a Facebook group, even if they aren’t actually a member? It can be done!
Hey y’all, Tiffany here, with a secret trick on how to block ANYONE from your Facebook group – even if they aren’t a member! Learn how to block users with my tips to help you run a successful Facebook group without spam or negativity involved.
As you may know, I have an Amazon deals group that I kept from back when I was a coupon blogger. Lately, it seems like the group has been flooded with spammers. Usually I just block them from the Facebook group. But these spammers reply to comments for people to join their own group, then leave so they can’t be blocked and have all of their comments deleted at once.
We also have issues with people who are admins of other deals groups stealing our deals – sometimes they copy and paste word-for-word! Amazon requires deals groups to be public groups, so people see all of the posts whether they are members or not.
Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to block people who aren’t actually members of the group. Facebook doesn’t have anything in their Help Center about it.
I did some digging, and I was finally able to come up with how to block anyone from a public Facebook group, even if they aren’t a member! (This may not work on private or secret groups.)
Why block someone on Facebook?
Facebook groups are a popular way for people with similar interests to come together and connect with each other. However, there may be times when someone’s behavior in a group becomes disruptive or unpleasant, and blocking them may be necessary.
Before I show you how to block someone on Facebook, here’s some of the reasons why it can be nessecary to block users not only if you’re running a Facebook group or page for your business, but it can also protect your mental health as well.
1. Reduce negativity and toxicity
One of the most significant benefits of blocking someone on a Facebook group is reducing negativity and toxicity. In online communities, it is not uncommon for individuals to engage in negative behavior, such as trolling or harassment. Such behavior can quickly escalate and cause disruption in the group, leading to an unpleasant experience for other members.
By blocking someone who is engaging in such behavior, group administrators can maintain a positive and welcoming environment for all members, just like I do with my Facebook groups. It also sends a message that negative behavior will not be tolerated in the group, which can discourage others from engaging in such behavior.
2. Protecting personal information
Another benefit of blocking someone on a Facebook group is protecting personal information. In online communities, it is not uncommon for people to share personal information, such as their phone number, email address, or home address. Unfortunately, some people may use this information to engage in harmful behavior, such as stalking or harassment.
By having a block option, you can prevent them from accessing your personal information and using it to harm you. It also gives you peace of mind knowing that your personal information is secure.
3. Preserving group dynamics
Facebook groups thrive on healthy group dynamics, which are essential for fostering a sense of community and encouraging engagement among members. However, the behavior of a single member can quickly disrupt the group’s dynamics and cause tension among members.
By blocking someone who is causing disruptions, group administrators can preserve the group’s dynamics and ensure that all members feel comfortable and safe. It also prevents the Facebook group from devolving into a toxic environment, which can drive away members and undermine the group’s purpose.
4. Reducing Drama
Running a Facebook group can be very time consuming, so the last thing you need is drama. By learning how to block someone on Facebook, it can significantly reduce drama in a Facebook group. Drama can arise when members engage in arguments, name-calling, or other negative behavior. Toxic behavior can quickly escalate and cause tension among members, leading to a toxic environment.
By blocking someone who is engaging in drama, group administrators can reduce the tension and restore a sense of calm to the group. It also prevents the drama from spreading to other members, which can further undermine the group’s purpose.
5. Encouraging Positive Interactions
Blocking someone can encourage positive interactions in a Facebook group. When negative behavior is allowed to persist, it can discourage members from engaging with the group and lead to a decline in activity. However, when negative behavior is addressed promptly, it sends a message that positive interactions are valued and encouraged.
By learning how to block someone on Facebook who is engaging in negative behavior, group administrators can encourage other members to engage positively with the group. It also creates a sense of safety and security among members, which can encourage them to share their thoughts and ideas freely.
6. Promoting Accountability
Promote accountability in your Facebook group so when negative behavior is addressed promptly, it sends a message that accountability is valued and necessary.
By blocking someone who is engaging in negative behavior, group administrators can promote accountability among members. It also sets an example for others, showing that negative behavior will not be tolerated and will be addressed promptly.
How to Block Non-Members from a Facebook Group
Please note that this trick to block non-members from a Facebook group only works for administrators of a group. Moderators will not be able to do this. So if you want to block someone on Facebook, make sure the Admin does this. Just an FYI – It’s probably better to do this on Facebook desktop on your computer rather than in the Facebook mobile app.
Step 1 – Group ID
Find your group ID number. You can find it in the URL of your group:
Step 2 – Profile ID
Find the ID number of the person you want to block from your Facebook group. You find this by going to their profile and looking at their URL:
Some don’t have a number on the end, like this one below. If that happens, you can find that user ID here.
Step 3 – Create a link
Copy and paste this link below. You must leave it in mobile format (with the m. in the front) for it to work. You can do this on a desktop or a phone, however.
Replace the 11111111 with your group ID number, and the 2222222 with the profile ID number.https://m.facebook.com/group/block/?group_id=1111111111111111&user_id=2222222222222222222
Step 4 – Block them!
Copy and paste the URL you created with the numbers into your computer browser (this may not work on a phone). You should then get a screen asking you if you want to block them from your Facebook group.
(If you removed the m. at hte beginning, you will get a broken link screen instead.)
Click “Confirm.” Now, the screen may load for a minute, but then it will go back to the same look. It will not actually change from this view with a confirmation, but it should have worked. (I click confirm about 5 times for good measure.)
You can double-check by going back to your group and seeing the Blocked Members.
You’ve Successfully Completed a Facebook Group Block!
Congratulations! You’ve now successfully been able to block someone’s profile from your Facebook group who isn’t actually a member of the group!
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