Although there is no obvious “delete group” button on Facebook, it is extremely easy to do so. Here’s how.
Last month I wrote about two gay students who were outed by a Facebook privacy loophole. For the purpose of that post, I created a Facebook group, called David Hasselhoff Closet Admirers, so I could get some screenshots. I certainly had no intentions of keeping the group going once I had what I needed (I’m no fan of Hoffy, I swear), so the next step was to delete the group.
Uh … but how?
There is no obvious way to delete a group. No big red ABORT button. Not even a hidden little “delete group” option. Nothing. With that said, it is super easy to delete a Facebook group.
First, you need to remove all members of the group (but don’t remove yourself just yet!). There is no way to remove multiple members at one time, so if you have a lot of people in your group, it will take some time. Thankfully, my group didn’t become an overnight success, so I only had two members to remove. To remove a member, click on your group’s About tab, and then on the little gear button under the person’s name. From here, select Remove from Group.
A window will open that asks whether you’re sure you want to remove the member from the group. Click on Confirm.
Repeat for each member until you are the only one remaining.
Now, you just need to remove yourself. When you do so, a window will open that warns you that if you leave the group, it will be deleted. Click on Delete group.
Facebook will automatically delete a group that has no members. Note, however, that if you are not the creator of the group – even if you’re the only admin remaining – you will not be able to delete it unless the creator has voluntarily left the group.
That’s it! Once all members, including yourself, have been removed, the group no longer exists.
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