The platform will now get ‘safety notices’ that are said to popup in a chat whenever a suspicious activity is spotted. Not only that, the platform is also said to provide tips and even take action such as blocking the person. This feature was first rolled out in March on Android and is going to come to iOS users globally, starting next week, the company said.
The platform will also inform people on ways to spot scams or imposters so that they can take appropriate action to avoid such an incident.
Specifically for those Facebook users who are under 18 years of age, the Facebook Messenger will now educate people under the age of 18 to be cautious when interacting with an adult they may not know.
“We designed this safety feature to work with full encryption. People should be able to communicate securely and privately with friends and loved ones without anyone listening to or monitoring their conversations. As Messenger becomes end-to-end encrypted by default, we will continue to build innovative features that deliver on safety while leading on privacy. These safety notices will help people avoid potentially harmful interactions and possible scams while empowering them with the information and controls needed to keep their chats private, safe and secure,” said Jay Sullivan, director of product management, Messenger privacy and safety in a blog post.
In related news, earlier this week, the company announced that it is launching a new service — called Shops — that will enable businesses to sell products. Facebook Shops will let businesses set up a single online store that will be accessible via both Facebook and Instagram.