Private Groups Might Be The Last Good Thing About Facebook

Private Facebook groups have been a respite from online toxicity, even as Facebook continues to suck at combating misinformation and abuse. I remember when Facebook shut down the standalone Groups app. That was the day I finally gave up and deleted my account.

The “best” groups are the smallest and most secret because they’re cloaked from both the online and offline world — places where both myself and so many of the women I spoke to for this article feel invisible, unvalued, or objectified. The right group can provide the opposite of all that: a place where your voice feels visible, your opinion is valued, and your body is secondary — or discussed on your own terms.


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