Harassment and bullying are common on every social media platform, including Facebook. Some users receive threats. To prevent any type of harassment, the social network introduced some new features to curb bullying, thereby, blocking any unwanted friend requests or messages.
According to Facebook:
“We’ve heard stories from people who have blocked someone only to encounter the same harasser using a different account. In order to help prevent those bad encounters, we are building on existing features that prevent fake and inauthentic accounts on Facebook.”
These new features will help the network identify those bogus accounts quickly. It will bock millions of them every day.
Unfortunately, not all fake accounts can be blocked and might not get caught using these features. For example, if you have blocked John Smith and he created a new account, Facebook can proactively recognize his account and prevent him from sending you another friend request or message.
The social network uses IP addresses and other signals to identify if John Smith created a fake account.
If you are harassed, you can block that person. However, it may still lead to further harassment. In some cases, the bullying may take place offline.
Now, the latest tool will let you tap on the 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. Unfortunately, this new feature is only available for a one-on-one conversation. However, Facebook promised that it would be available for group messages soon.
To provide safety resources to users, the social network is working with experts in various fields. For example, its Guide To Staying Safe Online has been developed and provided for survivors of domestic violence. It partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Facebook is also working with over 150 safety experts in India, Kenya, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the US, among others, to obtain feedback that can help the company in creating ways to improve its resources.
Before, Facebook has provided tools that can help you deal with harassment and bullying. For example, a user can unfriend the person or block the person to prevent him/her from adding you as a friend. That person cannot view the things that you share on your Facebook timeline. If the bullying and harassment are severe, you can report the person to the social network.
The company also advised not to retaliate because bullies want you to react. Thus, you must not give them one. It is also recommended that you reach out to someone that you trust. For example, you can talk about it to a family member or a close friend, a counselor or a teacher. You must reach out to someone who can help you. Then, ensure that you have documented everything and saved it. In that way, you have proof that such person is harassing or bullying you.