I have a Highlighted Content web part on a hub site that shows news intended for ALL employees (intranet) with content being rolled up from various functional area sites connected to said hub. I am filtering by managed properties, which works fine. The issue I have is that not all of the content in the functional area site pages is intended for ALL employees. I found a way, I think, HERE, to use Flow and REST Api to set item level permissions to "Everyone except external users" so that only those items with the managed property of ALL are visible to all employees. Other items in Site Pages would stay set to Functional Area permissions. It looks as if I will need the GroupID. Does anyone know what that might be for "Everyone except external users". Or a better way to accomplish my goal? Much help is appreciated.

  • Hi, are you saying that the permission is not getting applied automatically in the Highlighted content web part? i.e. people can see news which they shouldn't? In this case, please double check with a lower access user account. SharePoint automatically applies the permissions, even if it's a hub site, you shouldn't be able to see news from sites where you do not have access.
    – UBK
    Jun 13, 2019 at 13:17
  • Agreed, but my client wants some news from other sites to show on the hub site but not all, e.g. Executive site has news just for them but they have one news item that they want to share with All employees. This item should have the permissions changed to Everyone except external based upon a managed property called News Audience. I understand that they should just keep news for hub in the hub site collection and news for functional area in functional areas, but they feel that's too confusing.
    – GoGorilla
    Jun 13, 2019 at 15:23

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based on the additional points shared in the comments section, I feel you can look at the following model to achieve the need:

  1. Create a sub-site, say 'Private', under 'Executive Site', which should be accessible only by 'Executives'. You can have a new group created only for 'Executives' and break inheritance on the sub site to provide permission only to that group.

  2. Now, have 'Everyone except external users' group added as 'viewer' in your top level 'Executive Site'.

News created in 'Executive Site' and the 'Private' sub-site, both would roll up to the Hub. There is no way you can stop the roll up if you are using 'News' pages. 'Everyone except external users' (not members from 'Executives' group), will see news items published in the 'Executive Site', but they won't be able to see any news from the 'Private' sub-site. News from 'Private' sub-site should be visible only to the members from 'Executive' group.

Let me know if this model will match your need.

Using managed property to filter News will work visually, but it will not necessarily restrict unwanted user-groups from viewing the content. They can always grab the direct link of the page to browse it. So, there should be restrictions through permission.

Just wanted to add that, SharePoint news audience targeting feature is in development which would give you more options over your particular issue.

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Please check Microsoft Roadmap for SharePoint Online.

  • Thank you for your input. They still would be creating the news in two different places. That's what they don't want to do, but may have to. I appreciate you pointing me to the Microsoft Roadmap. Very cool features coming up.
    – GoGorilla
    Jun 13, 2019 at 21:27

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