Privacy options for Google+ Communities

Use Communities to start conversations around specific projects, interests, or particular groups. For example, you might start a Community for your expanded work group, a class project, a charity drive within your organization, or a joint initiative between your company and outside contributors who have G Suite accounts. Learn more.

Before you create a Community, review and select the following privacy options. Think about who should be able to find and join the Community, who should be able to see the content and members, and whether people need to request to be a member. Depending on how your G Suite admin sets up Google+ and which type of Community you create, you might be able to:

  • Restrict access to people at your company or school
  • Allow any G Suite users to view and join your Community
  • Require that people be invited, or require that people request access
  • Hide or show your domain-restricted Community in Google+ search results

Choose your privacy settings carefully because you won't be able to change most of them after you create a Community.

To create a Community, review the following information:

Configure privacy options

Summary of privacy options

Privacy options—outside your organization

The following options allow G Suite users outside of your company or school to join a Community. You can create Communities that are open to users outside your domain only if your G Suite admin allows it.

Privacy setting Who can join Who can see posts and members Who can find Community in Google+ search

Public > Ask to join

Note: You can no longer create public communities as of April 24, 2019. Public communities created before April 24, 2019 will remain and become “Ask to join.”

Any G Suite user can request to join, but moderators must approve membership Any G Suite user Any G Suite user

Private

Only invited G Suite users Community members see posts and members, invitees see only members Community members*

Note: Public communities created before April 2, 2019 might appear in anyone's search engine results with data from April 2, 2019 or earlier.

*The name and photo of a private Community that’s hidden from search remains visible to G Suite users who type in or follow a link to the Community’s URL.

Privacy options—restricted access

The following options allow only people in your company or school to find or join a Community.

Privacy setting Who can join Who can see posts and members Who can find Community in Google+ search
Open within your domain Anyone in your organization Anyone in your organization Anyone in your organization
Open within your domain > Ask to join Anyone in your organization can request to join, but moderators must approve membership. Anyone in your organization Anyone in your organization

Private in your domain

Only invited people in your organization Community members see posts and members, invitees see only members Not shown in Google+ search results*

Private > Visible on Search 

Anyone in your organization’s domain can request to join, but moderators need to approve membership Community members see posts and members, invitees see only members Anyone in your organization

*The name and photo of a "private in your domain" Community remains visible to people in your organization who type in or follow a link to the Community’s URL.The name and photo is not visible outside your organization.

Allow access outside your organization’s domain

Note: Communities outside your domain aren't visible in Google+ search results unless you're a member. You can create Communities that are open to users outside your domain only if your G Suite admin allows it.

To allow G Suite users outside of your company or school to join a Community:

  1. Create the Community.
  2. Turn off Restrict to your domain
  3. Click or tap Done.
  4. Invite users to join your Community.
Restrict access to people in your organization

To allow only people in your company or school to find and join a Community:

  1. Create the Community.  
  2. Turn on Restrict to your domain.
    By default, your Community is Open, meaning visible to anyone inside your company or school.
  3. (Optional) Set additional restrictions:
    • To allow only invited members to join, click the Open within your domain Down arrow Down Arrowand select Private.
    • To allow people to find your community and request to join the community, turn on Visible on search.
  4. Click or tap Done.

 

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