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.
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