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Facebook is testing a new Messenger feature that can make it easier to spot direct messages of Russian trolls.
As was first reported by the Motherboard, the feature provides useful warnings about sketchy unknown contacts that DM.
Facebook is Dalya Browne confirmed the trial PCMag, stating: “we are testing a new feature that allows people with more context to someone they may not have previously connected with in Messenger. This context will enable them to make an informed decision about whether or not to want to message that individual.”
The alerts can indicate the country in which the person’s telephone number is registered and whether the person has the same name as an existing Facebook friend, or a Messenger. That last bit of information that can help people to determine whether the sender is posing as someone they actually know.
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Motherboard posted a screenshot of one of the alerts, which have been obtained from the Facebook user Erin Gallagher. The warning indicates that the sender of a DM to say “Hello” was logged in using a phone number from Russia, who recently made his / her account, was the use of Messenger without a Facebook, and was one of her friend’s on the social network with the same name.
This new test comes after Facebook in April, closed 273 accounts linked to the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, a notorious Russian “troll ” farm”, which published tens of thousands of political division posts in the 2016 presidential elections. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in November, said he was “deadly serious” about stopping the Russian Facebook abuse. The following month, the company launched tool, which allows you all the Internet research firm created Facebook pages and Instagram accounts you have or followed between January 2015 and August 2017.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.