Facebook Steps Up Anti-Harassment Protections
Facebook has added several ways to help people avoid harassment on the social network. First, Facebook says it is improving efforts to detect fake, inauthentic, or duplicate accounts that are created in order to get around blocks. The company is using things such as IP addresses to proactively recognize accounts that may be created by someone who was previously blocked. These tools are being put to use in the background and won't be accessible directly to end users. Facebook is also making it easier to ignore unwanted messages. Moving forward, people can tap on a message in Messenger to ignore the conversation, which disables notifications and movies it to the Filtered Messages folder. There, people can read messages without the sender seeing if it has been read and add it to a list of blocked accounts. Last, the social network says it is working with experts to provide additional safety resources for users. For example, it has partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to give survivors of domestic abuse an avenue to find help. Facebook says these changes are being rolled out to all users over time.
Facebook Testing Encryption and Disappearing Notes In Messenger
Facebook today said it is exploring new features for Facebook Messenger that will give people the ability to secure their conversations. First, Facebook is looking at end-to-end encryption between two devices.
Facebook Adds to Safety Check's Tool Belt
Facebook today updated its Safety Check feature by rounding out the set of tools found within. To start, it is now possible to start and/or support a fundraiser directly from within Safety Check.
Facebook Facial Recognition Tool Lets You Find Yourself In Untagged Photos
Facebook today rolled out a new feature meant to help people control when and where their image is posted to Facebook. Using the same facial recognition functions meant for tagging, Facebook will now notify people when they appear in a photo on Facebook even if they haven't been tagged.
Facebook Wants People to Talk About Holidays and Events
Facebook today said it plans to offer people conversation starters about holidays, programs, and events that take place locally as well as around the world. The new Messages from Facebook will populate the top of users' News Feeds and each will focus on a specific moment or event.