Groups are the main way in which permissions are set on the platform. If this sounds like tech-speak, it simply means that this is the main way in which different people have access to different information on the platform.
For instance, John Wayne, the CEO of Wayne Enterprises, will likely need access to the board minutes from the quarterly board meetings. His cousin Bruce, who runs a fancy dress shop catering to themed parties, has never really been interested in the business and leaves this to John. Because John is part of the Board Members Group, he has access to the documents. Bruce is only part of a group called 'Family Members', so he won't be bothered with the notes.
Members can be part of one, multiple or all groups. When posting content on the platform, the contributor decides which groups have access to that piece of content. In this way, groups influence what different members can see in their newsfeed.
There are three kinds of groups:
Open - The group will appear in the group list. Anyone can join and invite others to join. Anyone can see the group information and content.
Closed - The group will appear in the group list. Only members can see the group information and content. People can request to join the group.
Secret - The group will not appear in search results or in the profiles of its members. Only invited people can join, and only members can see the group information and content.
There are three membership roles in a group:
1. Group admins are allowed to
- Change a group settings
- Invite members to specific groups
- Remove a member from a group
- Change a member's role in the group
- Add a banner to a group page
2. Publishers are allowed to upload, share and comment on content within the group
3. Group members are allowed to access and comment content but not to upload or share content within the group