You control your Messenger experience

You control your Messenger experience

You control your Messenger experience

You control your Messenger experience
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 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.

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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, which means advertisers can’t target you based on what you say in messages. As with other parts of Facebook, we collect information from Messenger primarily to provide the service, improve the product experience, and keep people safe and secure.

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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 unrecognized logins and login attempts.

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Safer Message Requests

It’s easy to block or delete new Message Requests. To keep you extra safe, we also hide or blur images and disable links unless you reply to the message or copy and paste the link in a browser tab.

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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:

Stopping scammers

We filter potentially harmful messages so they don’t reach your inbox. Safety notices may pop up in your chats to help you spot potential scams or imposters and offer ways to respond like blocking the account.

Removing fake accounts

We detect and block millions of fake accounts on Facebook every day to ensure 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

We enlist the help of artificial intelligence to identify unusual behavioral patterns correlated with phishing, scamming, and other harmful activities to remove them from our platform. As these harmful activities evolve, so does our technology.

Spotting impersonators

The Blue Badge on Messenger lets you make sure the account you’re speaking with is authentic, and helps to prevent scammers from posing as public figures, media companies or brands.

Reducing the spread of misinformation

To reduce the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content, we limit the number of chats a message can be forwarded to at one time. We also have additional protections in place for content that has been identified as misinformation on Facebook and shared directly into Messenger. For more information, see How Facebook Protects Elections.

Enhanced safeguards for minors

Keeping minors safe on our platforms is one of our greatest responsibilities. We provide enhanced safety features for children under the age of 18 such as limiting who can message them and how they can be found in search, and offer them educational tips. We also use machine learning to detect and disable accounts who are engaging in inappropriate interactions with children.

Technical Whitepapers

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

Messenger Secret Conversations: Technical Whitepaper

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