On a scale from perfectly OK to very annoying, getting messages from strangers on Facebook is probably a good 9 out of 10. Especially because Facebook is no longer spam free and that most of these messages form strangers are either bots, spam or even worse, phishing.
In a continuous effort to make Messenger the best platform to stay in touch with your friends, Facebook wants to help clear things up.
Starting now, Messenger will display publicly shared information on top of any message thread from people you have not talked to previously.
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So it’s not just for strangers, it also is for those “friends” you are connected with on Facebook but have never talked to on Messenger.
Unfortunately, this new feature depends on the information publicly available from profiles. So it will not help you much if the person contacting you has its profile set to the highest level of privacy. But still, it is a good start Facebook.
You do not have to do anything to get the new feature. Facebook is rolling out the update for all iOS and Android users in the US, UK, France and India. No doubt, other countries will follow soon.
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