When I first used the new Facebook group chat, I was annoyed that I could not turn off the the messages flashing on my screen. I could minimize it but it still annoyed me. The chat feature was designed to be a fundamental element in FB groups but there are times that you just don’t want to read chats, e.g. you’re busy and you just want to skim through published posts, links or docs.
Due to insistent public demand, FB now has an option to disable the group chat in two easy steps. I wish that it could be just a one-click step but Facebook wants to hide the option, apparently.
Anyway, just follow the screenshots to disable the group chat:
Once you have opt-out of group chat messages, you will no longer receive the messages from online users but if you wish to enable FB group chat again, just go back on the same option and check it.