You control your Messenger experience.

Protecting your privacy

Who you talk to and what you share should be up to you. We're dedicated to making sure that Messenger is a safe, private and secure place for you to connect with the people who matter. To do this, we've built tools that allow you to stay in control, secure your account and stay safe on the platform.

KEEPING YOUR INFORMATION SAFE

Your messages are your messages.

We want you to know what information we collect and how we use it. We don't use the content of your messages with other people for ad targeting. Ads are shown to you based on your activity across Facebook companies and products, your activity with other businesses, your activity on other websites and apps, and your location.

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KEEPING YOUR INFORMATION SAFE

Your messages are your messages.

We want you to know what information we collect and how we use it. We don't use the content of your messages with other people for ad targeting. Ads are shown to you based on your activity across Facebook companies and products, your activity with other businesses, your activity on other websites and apps, and your location.

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KEEPING HACKERS AT BAY

We have expert teams dedicated to detecting and preventing hackers from accessing your personal messages and information.

We also offer these tools to help you stay safe:

Two-factor authentication

Improve your account safety and help protect yourself from hacking and phishing attempts even if your password is compromised.

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Login alerts

Help safeguard your account from potential threats and attacks by enabling login alerts. These alert you if we detect unrecognised logins and login attempts.

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Safer browsing

If someone sends you suspicious links that may lead you to malicious and unsafe websites, you'll see a warning so that you don't click a link that may compromise your private data.

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KEEPING YOU SAFE

A safe platform is critical for you to feel secure about sharing with the people you care about.

That's why we're constantly working to stop malicious activity before it reaches you.

Here are the ways we work to protect your privacy, safety and well-being on Messenger:

KEEPING YOU SAFE

A safe platform is critical for you to feel secure about sharing with the people you care about.

That's why we're constantly working to stop malicious activity before it reaches you.

Here are the ways we work to protect your privacy, safety and well-being on Messenger:

Reducing spam

Reducing spam

Nobody likes an inbox full of spam. That's why we quarantine messages with harmful material so they don't reach your inbox.

Removing fake accounts

Removing fake accounts

We detect and block millions of fake accounts on Facebook every day to ensure that your Messenger experience stays safe and secure. The majority of these accounts are caught within minutes of registration before they are able to cause harm.

Leveraging AI

Leveraging AI

We enlist the help of artificial intelligence to identify unusual behavioural patterns correlated with phishing, scamming and other harmful activities to remove them from our platform.

Spotting impersonators

Spotting impersonators

To prevent potential scammers from posing as public figures, media companies or brands, we introduced Blue Badges to Messenger. This signifies that the account is verified and helps you spot someone who isn't who they claim to be.

Reducing the spread of misinformation

Reducing the spread of misinformation

Providing people with context helps stop the spread of misinformation. Context buttons offer you more information on the publisher behind each news article, and forward indicators alert you when you are receiving a forwarded message, which helps you know when a message that you received was not created by the person who sent it.

Enhanced safeguards for minors

Enhanced safeguards for minors

Keeping minors safe on our platforms is one of our greatest responsibilities. That's why we've built additional safety features that protect children under the age of 18, such as restricting who can find and message them.

Technical whitepapers

For in-depth, technical explanations of our tools and techniques, you can find our downloadable whitepapers here:

Messenger secret conversations: Technical whitepaper