Facebook introduces new Messenger safeguard aimed at combating scams and fake friends

Facebook this morning announced a new feature for Messenger designed to cut down on malicious parties looking to scam users. The company scans accounts for suspicious activity, leveraging machine learning to pick up anomalies like accounts sending a large number of requests in a short time span or numerous message requests to users under 18. The feature arrives amid a notable uptick in false friend requests caused by a change to the service’s search algorithm. 

If suspicious activity is detected, the app will pop up a chat window noting the issue, along with options for blocking or ignoring the user.

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