No one likes spam messages, especially on their phones because notifications can be distracting, especially if they’re not from anyone important, like spam. However according to a report from Android Police, it seems that they have been tipped off that spam protection for Google’s Messages is starting to roll out for some users.
At the moment it doesn’t seem like it is a particularly wide roll out as some users are claiming that they have yet to receive it. It also appears to be a server-side enabled feature, which means that you don’t really need to do anything on your end to get it, although we imagine that you might need to have the latest version of Messages.
Now according to Android Police, it seems that there could be some privacy concerns regarding this feature. This is because according to Google’s support page, it seems that some info about your messages will be sent to Google first. “To help identify spammers, Google temporarily stores the phone numbers of people sending and receiving messages with you and the times they messaged with you.”
However Google stresses that your phone number or the content of the messages will not be stored, so there’s that. That being said, spam protection is a feature that can be turned on or off anytime you want, so if you’d rather Google not have any access to your messages, spam or no spam, then you might want to consider turning it off or perhaps find a different app.