Facebook Messenger to flag DMs from fake accounts

Facebook Messenger is testing a feature that will flag off messages coming from a fake account, Engadget reported.

Published: 11th July 2018 02:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th July 2018 03:44 PM   |  A+A-

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CALIFORNIA: In its fight against fake accounts and the spread of false information, Facebook is rolling out a new feature for its Messenger service.

Facebook Messenger is testing a feature that will flag off messages coming from a fake account, Engadget reported. 

Engadget had reached out to Facebook and the company confirmed the news. 

A Facebook spokesperson told Engadget that this was part of the company's ongoing efforts to fight impersonation and Messenger scams.

"We are testing a new feature that provides people with more context on someone they may not have previously connected with on Messenger," wrote the spokesperson. "This context will allow them to make a more informed decision about whether or not they'd like to message that individual."

If you receive a DM from someone you haven't conversed with in a while, it will show you information about when the account was created and whether that user is on Messenger without a related Facebook account, along with details on the phone number. 


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