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Facebook has new tools to prevent unwanted friend requests and messages

Facebook has new tools to prevent unwanted friend requests and messages
From TechCrunch - December 19, 2017

Facebook, like every social media platform, has issues with harassment and bullying. In order to prevent certain types of harassment, Facebook is introducing some new features to help prevent unwanted friend requests and messages.

Weve heard stories from people who have blocked someone only to encounter the same harasser using a different account,Facebook Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis wrote on Facebooks blog. In order to help prevent those bad encounters, we are building on existing features that prevent fake and inauthentic accounts on Facebook.

Lets say you block someone and then that person decides to create another account so they can contact you. With these new tools in place, Facebook is aiming to recognize when someone does that and prevent them from a sending a message or friend request to you.Facebook is using signals, like IP addresses, to recognize when someone has created a fake or inauthentic account.

The person who blocked the original account is in control, and must initiate contact with the new account in order for them to interact normally, Davis wrote.

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