If suspicious activity is detected, the app will
- Pop up a chat window noting the issue
- Asks if you are sure you know the user
- Give tips to how you can recognize, block or ignore a scam artist.
The system is already rolling out for some Android users and is set to arrive for everyone in the next few weeks. The feature aims to both cut down on scammers and users posing as other people. It will also help protect minors from ‘strangers’ as it were.
The system is going to limit interactions between adults and younger users who aren’t currently using the platform. This is what Facebook had to say.
Our new feature educates people under the age of 18 to be cautious when interacting with an adult they may not know. It empowers them to take action before responding to a message.
Facebook says the feature will continue to work with the addition of end-to-end encryption on the platform. This is most likely the place where machine learning comes in. It will also keep users from having to view potentially sensitive information.