Approve or block new messages

If you're signed in to a work or school account, the options you see might be different. To learn more, contact your administrator.

You can turn on message moderation to have messages approved or blocked before they’re sent to the rest of the group.

Turn message moderation on or off

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click the name of a group.
  3. On the left, click Group settings.
  4. Select your moderation options:

    • Under Message moderation, choose whether to review every message, messages from non-members, or no messages.
    • Under New member restrictions, to review messages from new members, select New member posts are moderated.
  5. (Optional) To send a notification when a moderated message is rejected:

    1. At the top right, next to Advanced, click Turn on "".
    2. Under Rejected message notification, click On.
  6. Click Save.

Note: If Who can post is set to Group Members or less, the Moderate messages from non-members setting reverts to No moderation. If non-members can’t post, there’s nothing to moderate.

Approve or reject pending messages

Requires the Who can moderate content permission.

Content moderators get an email spam report that includes spam messages from the moderation queue. The report is sent weekly on Tuesday and Friday in the Pacific time zone, which might be Wednesday and Saturday in other time zones.

Messages that aren’t approved are automatically deleted after 14 days. Messages marked as spam are automatically deleted after 7 days.

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click the name of a group.
  3. On the left, under Conversations, click Pending.
  4. To read a message, click it.
  5. To approve or reject a single message, on the right, click Approve message " " or Reject message "".
  6. To perform an action on multiple messages:
    1. Check the boxes next to the messages.
    2. At the top right, select an option:
      • To approve the messages, click Approve messages " ".
      • To reject the messages, click Reject messages "".
      • To approve the messages and automatically approve all future posts by those authors, click Approve author "".
      • To ban the authors from the conversation and report the messages as spam, click Reject author "".

Note: If Spam message handling is set to either Moderate and notify content moderators or Moderate without notifying content moderators, then messages could still appear in your pending messages queue, even if you select No moderation as your Message moderation setting. If you see behavior that doesn’t make sense, check your Spam message handling settings.

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