Facebook rolls out new tools to prevent harassment

Facebook is doing more to prevent harassment from happening on its social network and messaging app.

On Tuesday, the Menlo Park tech firm introduced new tools to prevent unwanted friend requests and messages.

“We’ve heard stories from people who have blocked someone only to encounter the same harasser using a different account,” wrote  Antigone Davis, Facebook’s Global Head of Safety in a blog post.

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Using information such as a person’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, Facebook said the company can recognize if a blocked user creates another account.

Facebook, which has about 2 billion users, is also giving users a way to ignore a conversation on Messenger without having to block a user. The conversation would be moved to the filtered messages folder.

Sexual harassment has become more of a hot-button issue in industries such as entertainment, tech, media and politics this year.

This month, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote about the role power plays, her personal experiences with harassment and what companies should do.

“No one should ever experience harassment, either in person or online,” Sandberg wrote in a post about the new tools released on Tuesday.

“Everyone deserves to be protected. We’ll keep doing what we can to make sure people feel safe on Facebook,” she added.

Photo: Facebook introduced new tools on Tuesday to prevent harassment. One of the features allows users to ignore a conversation on Messenger without blocking the sender. (Courtesy Facebook)


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  • saimin

    Twitter also has new anti-harassment policies, but they exempt government employees, which are some of the worst offenders. Does Facebook have the same problem?