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Old 10-11-2010, 17:19
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A friend created a group and "added" me to it. I am now a member it seems and I get the updates for it. I never clicked to accept anything.

In the update on the group it says "XXX added XXX, XXX and 13 more members to the group".

What?

The person who created it is really excited that 75 people joined within a few minutes, but I imagine none of them joined at all and were just added.

Anyone else seen this?
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Old 10-11-2010, 17:43
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Yeah this has happened to me. My friend added me to a group which is basically "anti" someone but I haven't got a clue who they are

It appears on the left under the homepage too.
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Old 10-11-2010, 17:44
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Indeed.

After I was invited, I went to Facebook (I never knew I has been invited) and the first page it came to was the group page instead of the usual one.

I am all for progression but Facebook seem to have a team of people who sit there all day and change anything they want. I thought the tiny text thing was a fault but it seems it's meant to be this way.
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Old 10-11-2010, 17:48
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There's a blog about it here. It would seem to be something introduced recently as far as I can make out.
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Old 10-11-2010, 18:07
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They ALWAYS opt us in and it's getting annoying. Until yesterday I wasn't aware my profile could be seen by people who weren't on my friends list despite in the past setting it not to be displayed to anyone other than my friends. They obviously opted me into whatever update they made to change this and never told me about it... I'm quite careful online usually.
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Old 10-11-2010, 18:40
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Not sure about that but you have to watch the links you click, and the apps you use as they automatically post crap on peoples walls.
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Old 10-11-2010, 18:49
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I didn't know about this, didn' t think i had to
worry as i don't join groups/download apps for this very reason!
I only add actual friends but unfortunately not everyone does that!
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Old 10-11-2010, 18:59
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I didn't know about this, didn' t think i had to
worry as i don't join groups/download apps for this very reason!
I only add actual friends but unfortunately not everyone does that!
But now you seemingly have no choice. If you're invited to a group, you're added to it.

I just realised how bad this is for friendships. If I now leave this group it's going to be visible that I left it, because I am no longer in it with a small amount of people. In the past I'd just ignore the request. Now I have to let them know I don't want to be part of it.
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Old 10-11-2010, 20:12
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Can't you just click to not display any of it when ever the group stuff is posted?
I get what you mean though, it's a bloody cheek!
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Old 10-11-2010, 20:16
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Can't you just click to not display any of it when ever the group stuff is posted?
I get what you mean though, it's a bloody cheek!
Yes, and I'd assume (or hope) there's a way not to be automatically accepted, but it's annoying how they turn it on without anyone knowing. Talk about privacy concerns again. I'm not that fussed, but what if someone invited you to a dodgy group? "I am a paedophile" could appear in my "groups" for example.
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Old 10-11-2010, 20:18
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Yes, and I'd assume (or hope) there's a way not to be automatically accepted, but it's annoying how they turn it on without anyone knowing. Talk about privacy concerns again. I'm not that fussed, but what if someone invited you to a dodgy group? "I am a paedophile" could appear in my "groups" for example.
I'm in 2 minds whether or not to sack of FB tbh, they just seem to irritate the bloody life out of me with stupid bloody changes like this one. I'm now going to trawl through the settings to see if there's any way to switch half of this auto crap off.
Arrrghhh...as if bloody Farmville updates weren't enough
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Old 10-11-2010, 20:20
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I'm in 2 minds whether or not to sack of FB tbh, they just seem to irritate the bloody life out of me with stupid bloody changes like this one. I'm now going to trawl through the settings to see if there's any way to switch half of this auto crap off.
Arrrghhh...as if bloody Farmville updates weren't enough
For me Facebook is a necessary evil, but it's starting to wind me up with all these unannounced changes. Like I said previously, my profile was made available for anyone to view without my consent. Prior to that I set everything bar searching for me and adding me as a friend to "Friends only".
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Old 10-11-2010, 20:32
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This annoyed me too, well what annoyed me more was that when someone first added me to a group, it automatically made me a member of a 'group chat' thing I really couldn't be bothered with, and I had to work out how to get out of it.
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Old 10-11-2010, 20:54
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Happened to me too. I reported it as spam.
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Old 10-11-2010, 20:58
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The new group system seems daft. Another problem is that as a group admin you can only invite those on your friends list in to the group. Add to this that if the group is set as 'Secret' (i.e. the public can't see it even exists) then you can't give the direct link to somebody (a non friend) to allow them to request to join. You used to be able too, but you can't now!
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Old 10-11-2010, 20:58
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Yup. Happened to me. Similar to being abducted by a cult
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Old 10-11-2010, 20:59
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I am now a member of one of the "get bla bla bla to Christmas number 1" groups
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Old 10-11-2010, 21:00
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I was added into a group in the last couple of days without needing to accept. The person who added me expected that I would have to confirm it but I was just added straight away.

Fortunately it was one I am happy to be added to but it shouldn't be allowed - anybody could add your name to any dodgy thing and you wouldn't even know
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Old 10-11-2010, 21:09
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I can't find any way to change this in the privacy or account settings.
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Old 10-11-2010, 21:11
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I can't find any way to change this in the privacy or account settings.
Well you can at least get it to email you if you are added to a group - at least that way you can quickly de-add if you want.
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Old 10-11-2010, 21:50
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Can you not just leave the group you have been added to?
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Old 10-11-2010, 21:52
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Can you not just leave the group you have been added to?
That's not the issue. That is simple. The fact is that if you're invited you're added... I could go on holiday for a week and not have access to the internet, and someone could invite me to a group which I really don't want to be part of "I hate all black people", for example. That wouldn't be too nice.
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Old 10-11-2010, 21:52
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Can you not just leave the group you have been added to?
Yes you can.

But that is no good if you don't go online for a couple of weeks and in the meantime some random adds you to some porno bloody percy filth group and all your "friends" wonder what's gotten into you.
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Old 10-11-2010, 21:54
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I understand what you are saying and I think it is a ridiculous idea too, I just wanted to make sure everybody realised they could leave groups if they wanted to.
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