FB launches tools to prevent harassment

Houston, PTI: Facebook has introduced new features that will prevent unwanted friend requests and messages from reaching you, a move the social media giant said will save a user, especially women, from harassment.

Facebook created the new features after working with New Delhi-based Centre for Social Research and the US-based social change organisation, the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

These new features will help the network identify bogus accounts quickly and block them every day.

"A apart from it, the latest tool also lets a user tap on an unwanted message and ignore the conversation. The social network will automatically disable notifications about that message and move it to your filtered messages folder. From there, you can read the message without the sender knowing that you have read it," Facebook said in a statement.

As of now, this new feature would only be available for a one-on-one conversation, but Facebook said that the feature would be available for group messages soon.

Earlier this month, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg had written about the role power plays, her personal experiences with harassment and what companies should do.

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