Facebook Adds Caller ID Feature For Its Messenger App; Details

The social media giant Facebook launches a new caller ID feature for new Messenger conversations, which by far looking to add a bit of certainty to its Messenger app. From now, the next time a non-friend messages you on Facebook, you will be shown a brief publicly available info on that particular contact. With a big photo, description of your connection and other public information will be revealed, as if they first time contact you, and tell you who’s trying to get in touch. More details on Facebook’s new Caller ID feature on Messenger app can be grabbed right after this fold.

Familiar with people not in our friends list contacting us, prompting us to obtain sift through their profile just to help us recall and still want who you’re dealing with before responding. Which is what Facebook is now looking to eliminate. Messages from such contacts will now be headed by a digital calling card of sorts, which will include a screenshot, other public info like current city, place of employment, profession, etc. and how you and that unfamiliar contact are connected, if connected at all.

This new Caller ID feature will offer the oft-mentioned details for existing friends whom you’ve never messaged till now, and perhaps be very helpful for keeping track of people you’ve run into in the recent past and connecting to them, where the caller ID edition can help jog your memory.

What could if you think about Facebook stepping on some sensitive privacy issues, here, that’s not the case though. The feature will only be grabbing information that users have made public anyways and can be seen by anyone who’s on Facebook. Friends are always added to the list, and another interesting point we have to consider is that of the infamous “Other” inbox in Messenger as incoming messages from non-friends are filtered to that particular area which does not really gear up any notification and users often miss them. As it stands today, that feature remains as it is, but providing context about their occupation, city of residence and who your mutual friends are, is still a much needed convenience.

Facebook’s Hello app for Android has been around for some while, where the offering intercepts incoming phone calls and show you information available on Facebook about the caller, and even blocks it if the individual is identified as unknown or spammer and serves as a replacement for the generic phone app and uses Facebook data to provide users information about incoming callers.

Referring to it as “caller ID for messaging,” Facebook’s Vice President of Messaging David Marcus announced the tweak overnight. The new caller ID feature for Messenger, it is meant for both iOS and Android and is rolling out to users in the US, UK, India, and France only for now.

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