Facebook has announced the date of its 2021 Communities Summit, with the virtual event set to be held on November 4th, where Facebook will bring together moderators from various Facebook groups, in order to provide insights and tips, and share previews of upcoming tools and features.

As explained by Facebook:

“The Facebook Communities Summit is an opportunity to bring together community builders from around the world so they can connect with one another, hear from our executives about the latest product features and learn from each other’s experiences. This year, FCS will be hosted virtually and we will showcase our latest products that will empower group members and admins to build meaningful and impactful communities and highlight those making a difference across the world.”

Various group features, like as moderator tools, group ad choices, new group kinds, and more, have been introduced during previous Communities Summit events.

Facebook is always testing new features for groups, with current tests focusing on sharing posts to different groups and Community Awards to promote positive contributions.

Facebook Community Awards

These may receive additional attention during the November event, while Facebook may also aim to unveil even more group choices to aid in successful administration and continue to grow usage of one of the platform’s most important interaction options.

Furthermore, Facebook is introducing a new ‘Community Awards’ program, which will honor the work that moderators undertake to establish and sustain their communities.

Facebook Community Awards

“The first-ever Facebook Community Awards feature 22 nominees across seven categories, who are doing meaningful work by inspiring others, making an impact and bringing people together across various interests and topics.”

Seven winners will each receive $50k, as well as support from Facebook to further grow their communities.

“To help select the winners, we want to give people a chance to hear their stories and vote for their favorites. Vote for who you find the most inspiring here. Voting is available on mobile devices and is open from October 7 – October 22. Limited to one vote per category per person. Award winners will be announced at the Facebook Communities Summit.”

As previously said, groups remain one of Facebook’s most important features, with 1.8 billion active users. As such, Facebook must do everything possible to preserve group engagement and encourage individuals to return more frequently.

In fact, groups have grown even more essential in recent years, as individuals have moved away from public sharing and the resulting backlash in favor of more private conversation among more sympathetic, like-minded communities.

While the COVID scenario has increased group participation, it has also raised worries about filter bubbles and even radicalization for some. For many others, however, Facebook groups are an essential social connection on many levels.

You can learn more about the Facebook Communities Summit, and RSVP to the event here, while you’ll also be able to tune in to all the Summit events on the Facebook App Facebook Page.