Facebook announces new tools to prevent unwanted messages and friend requests

Allan Goodman
December 21, 2017

The social network unveiled new tools Tuesday aimed at curbing abuse and bullying on its platform.

These new tools have been introduced both on Facebook as well as in Messenger. It uses various signals such as IP address to proactively recognize fake accounts more quickly in order to prevent its owner from sending a message or friend request to a person who has previously blocked them. To stop this kind of harassment or intimidation, Facebook is trying to develop a new feature with which one can get rid of continuous and unwilling friend requests and messages. The newly implemented system will automatically move that unwanted messages to the Filtered Messages folder, users can easily read the conversation without letting the sender knows that they have done so. Right now the feature is available only for one-on-one conversations, but Facebook said it will soon be available for group conversations too. He added, "To help prevent those bad encounters, we are building on existing features that prevent fake and inauthentic accounts on Facebook".

The set of new features will go a long way in providing stronger cyber-security, especially on Facebook, to women and journalists who often fall prey to online harassment and cyber-stalking.

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Let's suppose the user block someone and then that person create another account, so he or she can approach the user. It will also limit certain features like commenting for people who violate the Community Standards of Facebook. People can also control what they share, who they share it with, and who can communicate with them.

"If someone is being harassed, blocking the abuser sometimes prompts additional harassment, particularly offline", the company said in a post written by Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety.

Facebook says it has worked with experts in a variety of fields to offer safety resources for people on Facebook.

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