As part of its ongoing efforts to build a safe community, Facebook today announced that it’s now offering new tools to prevent harassment on Facebook and Messenger. The features have been developed based on feedback from users as well as organizations and groups that represent groups who disproportionately experience harassment like women and journalists.
The new features that Facebook has introduced today will help proactively recognize and prevent unwanted contact like friend requests and messages when someone a user has blocked sets up a new account or tries to contact them by another account they use.
It’s common for Facebook users to encounter the same harasser they’ve blocked from a different account. To prevent such encounters, Facebook is building on existing features that prevent fake and inauthentic accounts.
These automated features will help Facebook identify fake accounts more quickly and block millions of them at registration. It relies on various signals like IP address to proactively recognize such accounts and prevent their owners from sending a message or friend request.
Users will now have the option to ignore a Messenger conversation and automatically move it out of their inbox without having to block the sender. This will also disable notifications for that conversation and users will be able to read the messages without the sender finding out that they’ve been read. This feature will eventually support group messages as well.