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Feeling harassed on social media? look out for these redeeming features on Facebook

Swapna Mohanty | Updated on: 20 December 2017, 19:42 IST
In an urge to curb the increasing cyber crime, Facebook has recently come up with multiple features that can help control the adversity.
One of the recently developed mechanism is the facial recognition tool. This latest feature helps you find photos in which you aren’t tagged and allows you to exit them too. This feature will keep you informed when others might be attempting to use your image as their profile picture. This feature has proved to be  helpful since it keeps away hackers who would often break into e-mails and make a fake Facebook account.
In a blog post, Joaquin Quinonero Candela, Director, Applied Machine Learning, stated, “We want people to feel confident when they post pictures of themselves on Facebook so we'll soon begin using face recognition technology to let people know when someone else uploads a photo of them as their profile picture." He also added that the team believes that visually impaired should know more about who is in the photos which they encounter on Facebook.
Facial recognition too
After this incredible facial recognition tool, Facebook on Wednesday (December 20, 2017) has rolled out yet another tool to block unwanted friend requests.
Online stalking by repetitively sending a friend request or poking is a very common harassment practice followed on social media. This new feature recognizes and helps prevent unwanted stalkers whom you have otherwise blocked but they still pop up by setting up a new account or trying to connect from another account.This new tool also provides the users an option to ignore a messenger conversation and automatically move it out of their inbox, without having to block the sender. It is developed to help users who are stalked and messaged inappropriately on social media.
Repetitive friend request
Another roll out on December 18, 2017, by Facebook is  'engagement bait'. This term is used for spammy posts that often lure one into interactions by clicking on likes, shares and comments.
Engagement Bait
Have you come across an interactive post saying, "LIKE this if you're an Aries!" and you get annoyed by such posts, then don't worry says Henry Silverman, Operations Integrity Specialist at Facebook, who shared, “We will begin implementing stricter demotions for Pages that systematically and repeatedly use engagement bait to artificially gain reach in News Feed." A model developed by FB will detect posts in the "News Feed" that are not authentic.
First published: 20 December 2017, 19:42 IST