Profile, group, and photo visibility

  • Organizers have the option to ask members questions when they request to join a group or respond to an event.

    Organizers and members should not ask for or provide sensitive or private personal information in profile and event questions and answers.

    What are profile and event questions?

    Profile questions are a set of questions that members are prompted to answer when they join or request to join a group.

    Event questions are questions that members are prompted to answer when they respond to an event.

    What is sensitive or private personal information?

    Sensitive or private personal information includes but is not limited to:

    • Full name
    • Address or email address
    • Phone number
    • Social Security number
    • Financial information
    • Race or ethnic origin
    • Political opinions
    • Religious or philosophical beliefs
    • Trade union membership
    • Health data
    • Sexual orientation

    Who can see members’ responses to profile and event questions?

    Profile questions

    Responses to profile questions are visible to different groups of people depending on the group’s content visibility settings.

    Organizers can set their group content visibility settings to public or private. Public and private groups share information in different ways.

    Public groups

    Responses to profile questions for public groups are visible to the public. This includes the Meetup community and search engines.

    Private groups

    Responses to profile questions for private groups are visible to all members of the group, including its leadership team and the network administrator if it’s a Meetup Pro group.

    Event questions

    Responses to event questions are visible to the group’s leadership team, the event host, and the network administrator if it’s a Meetup Pro group.

    Related policies and terms for using Meetup

    To learn more about user privacy, guidelines, and what’s acceptable on Meetup, view our Privacy policy, Terms of service, and Usage and content policies.

    Profile and event questions
  • You may have heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union data protection law that went into effect on May 25, 2018. Its purpose is to harmonize data protection laws across the EU, give people in the EU enhanced rights to their data, and require businesses to meet certain technical and organizational controls around their collection and processing of personal information.

    Meetup has made changes in line with these new standards that we will roll out to members globally.

    Meetup's commitment to privacy and data security

    Meetup remains committed to protecting our members’ privacy and data security. As part of that commitment, we’ve updated our Privacy Policy effective May 25, 2018, for all members globally. These changes provide:

    • Details on how we use your information, such as your location and other platform activity, and the choices and controls available to you.

    • Responsibilities for businesses that process personal information, such as asking consent for marketing communications.

    • Opportunities to request more information about the data we store, or to modify it.

    One of the important ways that Meetup respects our members’ privacy is by offering options for whether a group is Public or Private. In a Private group, some information is hidden from search engines and other members. In response to the GDPR, we’re adding a clear privacy label to group information, and making sure members are informed if a group that they belong to changes its privacy status.

    We’re taking other steps to be more transparent. For example, we have updated our privacy policy to detail how and why we collect some data, and we will be implementing additional platform notices and articles to remind our members of this.

    About General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Meetup groups can have two content visibility settings: public or private. These settings determine how much of a group’s content and membership information is visible to non-members and search engines. Learn more about Meetup content and search engines.

    Information that is always visible for public and private groups:

    • Group title and description
    • Event titles, dates, times, and the number of members attending
    • Username and photo of the organizer
    • Number of members in the group
    • Topics associated with the group
    • Group reviews
    • Names of the group organizers (including co-organizers and assistant organizers on the Leadership Team)

    Private groups

    The following information is hidden from non-members and search engines:

    • The usernames and profile information of the group’s members, including answers to profile questions requested by the organizer
    • The location for past and upcoming events 
    • The event descriptions for past and present events
    • The group’s photo albums
    • The group’s Discussions section

    Changing a group’s content visibility

    Making a group private is a permanent change. Once a group is changed to private, it cannot be made public again. Learn how to edit your group's content visibility

    When an organizer changes the content visibility settings of their group, group members will be alerted via email notification. If a member does not feel comfortable sharing the information that is visible for public groups, they have the option to leave the group.

    Hiding other visible content

    You can choose to hide your group membership and hide your interests from your profile pages. However, in public groups, membership and profile information of members is still visible to non-members and search engines. Learn more about your account privacy settings.

    Meetup group content visibility settings
  • There are two types of profiles on Meetup: Meetup profiles and group profiles. Information from both of these profile types may be visible to search engines or to other Meetup members. You can edit your privacy settings from the Privacy pageLearn more about Meetup content and search engines.

    What information is visible on a Meetup profile?

    When you create a Meetup account, your basic account information appears on your Meetup profile. You can edit this information from your Account page

    The information listed on your Meetup profile may be visible to Meetup members, non-members, and search engines, including:

    • First name
    • Account location
    • Profile photo
    • "Member since" date
    • Other Meetup groups you're a member of (editable from the Privacy page)
    • Interests (editable from the Privacy page)

    What information is visible on a group profile?

    You have a separate group profile for each of the groups that you join. Meetup group organizers can choose between two content visibility settings: public or private. These settings determine how much of a group’s membership information is visible to non-members and search engines.

    Public groups 

    The profile information listed on a public group page may be visible to Meetup members, non-members, and search engines, including:

    Private groups 

    When a group's content visibility is set to private, only members of that group will be able to see your group profile information and answers to profile and event questions.

    Account privacy settings
  • Search engines crawl and record billions of public web pages, including Meetup.com.

    If you list your full name or other information about you in your Meetup profile or on any public page on the Meetup site, search engines can see it.

    If you find search engine results pointing to personal information on Meetup that you don't want to be publicly visible, edit the information on the Meetup site.

    To edit your personal information, visit your Account page.

    Once you've edited or removed your information, it will no longer appear on the Meetup site. 

    However, this information may still appear in search results as cached versions of Meetup pages. Search engines will update their memory of these pages the next time they crawl the Meetup site. When that happens, the search engine will replace their old copy of the page with personal info on it with the latest version which does not contain personal info.

    We can't control exactly when Google or any other search engine will update their results, but it's usually within 30 days.


    If you'd like more information about removing content from Google's search index, check here.

    Visibility on Google
  • If you would like a photograph of yourself removed from the Meetup site, your best option is to contact the person who posted the pictures. If this does not resolve the situation, you should contact the group's organizer.

    To contact an organizer:

    Via Desktop & Mobile Web

    1. Navigate to the Meetup group's page.
    2. Scroll down to the Members section.
    3. Select Message next to the organizer’s name.

    Android app

    1. Navigate to the Meetup group's page.
    2. Tap on the V Arrow icon to reveal the group's description and organizer.
    3. Tap the Message icon to contact the organizer.

    iOS app

    1. Navigate to the Meetup group's page.
    2. Tap About us to reveal the group's description.
    3. Tap Message icon to contact the organizer.
    How to remove a photo
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