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Facebook changes messaging rules to help curtail harassment

Facebook changes messaging rules to help curtail harassment

It will, attempt to stop people from setting up fake accounts to harass people, and make it easier for people to ignore messages for harassers.

Messenger will allow the user to ignore a conversation and remove it from the inbox without having to block the sender.

"We've heard stories from people who have blocked someone only to encounter the same harasser using a different account", wrote Antigone Davis, Facebook's Global Head of Safety in a blog post. So Facebook is now focusing on prohibiting this kind of activities of harassment.

The social network says it hopes the new features will cut down on abuse and bullying on its platform. To prevent any type of harassment, the social network introduced some new features to curb bullying, thereby, blocking any unwanted friend requests or messages.

The tech firm already has tools to prevent fake and inauthentic accounts from being created on Facebook, but noted that it doesn't always catch blocked users who create another account.

It claims it can now identify fake accounts more quickly and block millions of them at registration every day.

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Using information such as a person's Internet Protocol (IP) address, Facebook said the company can recognize if a blocked user creates another account.

In its blog post, Facebook acknowledged what it called "compelling research" on the negative effects of social media and cited two such academic studies.

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

Now you might be thinking that how Facebook will stop the unwilling friend request and messages, to get this understand let's consider an example. The conversation would be moved to the filtered messages folder.

From there, you can read the message without the sender knowing that you have read it. This is now available for one-on-one messages will be available for group messages soon, according to the blog post. However, Facebook promised that it would be available for group messages soon.


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