27 May 2020
Facebook Messenger is one of the world's most popular instant messaging platforms. This is also the reason it is a common destination for people looking to cheat other people. Facebook has now announced a new feature aimed at detecting such potential scammers and alerting other users about them.
Facebook says such people will be detected on the basis of their activities and if anything suspicious is noticed, it will start notifying other users who have come in contact with them. Some of the signs will be sending numerous random friend requests within a short span of time or an adult user trying to be friends with a lot of minor users.
It will be looking for such signs to decide whether someone could be a scammer or any kind of malicious intent because Messenger is transitioning towards end-to-end encryption. It means Facebook will not be able to read conversations to know whether someone is actually malicious or not.
Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute said,
"These features show a great integration of the technical tools that will help curb bad behavior on the platform, while also reminding people of their own control over their account,” said Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. “It’s important to use language that empowers people to make wise decisions and think more critically about who they’re interacting with online. We’re especially glad to see this reflected in the thoughtful approach around safety considerations for younger users.”
This new feature has been under testing on Android from as early as March 2020. It was limited to select users in the early days but is now getting extended to a wider audience. It will also land on iOS devices starting next week. Whenever a security alert will be sent, it will be accompanied by recommended steps to be taken next.