Finally, some piece of good news that will gladden the hearts of users of Facebook Messenger. The company has just woken up to the fact that sending ‘You Are Now Connected On Messenger’ alerts every time you get a new friend on its messaging app can be very annoying. Nothing is more annoying to get an alert at the top of your phone screen only to find out that it is an annoying notification that is highly uncalled for. For crying out loud, you get connected to a new friend on Messenger by default when you make new friends on Facebook, so why the annoying message?
Asked why users keeps getting the alert every time they make new friends, a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch’s Josh Constine that the company was already working on scaling back on the notification.
We’ve found that many people have appreciated getting a notification when a friend joins Messenger. That said, we are working to make these notifications even more useful by employing machine learning to send fewer of them over time to people who enjoy getting them less. We appreciate all and any feedback that people send our way, so please keep it coming because it helps us make the product better.
The aforementioned statement did say some users appreciate such notification, it would be interesting to have the stats behind the number of people who really don’t like receiving it.
Personally, I can’t wait to see the end of those notifications—they are so annoying and unnecessary.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted recently hat Facebook scans the content of messages you send and receive on Messenger. He said his company does this in order to block any content that violates its policies. The company admitted that it checks conversation, images and links using automated system. The social media giant takes a step further by allowing moderators read your conversations manually if it violates it community guidelines.
In a more closely related news, the messaging app is offering an easier way to report violators. Users of the app will be able to report conversation without exiting the Messenger app. Product manager Hadi Michel said that Facebook’s reporting tool can now be accessed directly via the Messenger app on Android and iOS. Recall that before this announcement, users could only report content via Messenger on the web or Facebook.
As promised after the wake of the Cambridge Analytic data scandal, the company is making some sweeping changes in order to win back the trust of users.
Facebook recently came down heavily on about 200 apps for misusing user data. The scandal you would recall swept through the internet like a tornado.
VP of product partnerships, Ime Archibong said last month that the suspension of the apps was in keeping with the promise the company made to investigate all the apps that had access to the network pre-2014 before it changed its policies. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had promised that his company would audit individual apps and would not hesitate to ban any app that failed an audit.