Facebook Messenger is testing a feature to provide you information about a possible fake account

Facebook confirmed that it is testing the feature in order to alarm the user in advance to make a more informed decision.

  • Updated: July 11, 2018 5:00 PM IST
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Facebook is testing a system to tell users whether the direct messages (DMs) they have received in their Messenger inbox is from a fake account or not. As per a report by Motherboard, Facebook’s new feature in direct messages will provide additional information from unknown contacts, such as whether an account was recently created, have an account on Facebook or just using the Messenger with a phone number from ‘X’ country/ region and is a name impersonation of your certain Facebook friend.

The move appears to alarm the user in advance to make a more informed decision about whether or not they’d like to reply back to that DM individual.

The screenshot image (via Motherboard) of Facebook‘s DM feature was shared by a multimedia artist/ writer Erin Gallagher on Twitter. The DM image shows that the sender doesn’t have an account on Facebook and is “using Messenger without Facebook.” Additional information of the account notes “logged in using a phone number from Russia, account was recently created” and whether or not he/she is different from your Facebook friend with the same name.

The report also quotes Dalya Browne from Facebook’s Messenger saying that the feature is in testing, and are part of Facebook’s ongoing efforts to fight impersonation, and it will allow them to understand whether or not they should be messaging about the person or rather report it to Facebook.

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Browne quite from Motherboard notes, “We are testing a way to provide people with more context on folks they may not have connected with previously.”

  • Published Date: July 11, 2018 4:48 PM IST
  • Updated Date: July 11, 2018 5:00 PM IST