Facebook announced new features in Facebook Messenger. It’s a feature that drives away those who are trying to trick users. The company use machine learning techniques to find accounts that are sending a lot of friend request in a short amount of time or making many message requests to users under the age of 18. The features arrives amid a notable uptick in false friend requests caused by a change to the service’s search algorithm.
When a suspicious activity is found, a chat window will pop up to notify the user of the problem and the user can choose to block or ignore it. The feature is already available for limited Android users, dating as far back as March, but will be implemented in iOS next week.
The aim of this feature is to reduce both fraud and spoofing of particular importance is to limit interaction between young users and adults who are not yet connected to the platform. Facebook said in a post, “Our new features educates people under the age of 18 to be cautious when interacting with an adult they may not know and empowers them to take action before responding to a message.”
According to the company, the Facebook Messenger updated feature will continue to work even after the introduction of end-to-end encryption. After the introduction of machine learning, human operators will continue to check for dubious messages.