“Hi, will you be frands with me.” If you’re a woman on Facebook, it’s likely you’ve gotten random messages like this or far worse from strangers in your ‘Others’ folder on Messenger. But there’s good news in store. Facebook is finally killing off this ‘Others folder,’ where messages from strangers turned up.
Facebook Messenger’s head David Marcus wrote on the site that the ‘Others’ folder will be removed and instead Facebook is adding a new Message Requests feature to the app.
The “Message Requests” on Messenger will now be requests from people, who are not in your phone contacts or your Facebook friends. Users will have the option of ignoring or accepting these Message requests, without the sender finding out.
What Facebook is doing is simple: only messages from friends or official phone contacts (if you have synced your mobile contacts with Messenger) will end up in the Inbox.
For women especially this is a positive step, given that the ‘Others Inbox’ had become a new way of getting harassed by strange men. In Delhi, a girl’s post had gone viral after she had posted a stern response she had given to one such man who had harassed her online and left her an abusive message in the ‘Others’ folder.