New feature helps screen messages from new contacts
Facebook is making it easier to figure out who’s trying to contact you.
The company announced a new Caller ID feature for its Messenger app that will give users more information when people try to contact them. The revamped interface will show a larger photo of the person sending the message, as well as pull context about their occupation, city of residence and who your mutual friends are. If the person contacting you isn’t your Facebook friend, only the information they share publicly will be viewable. The upgrade will be available for the iOS and Android versions of Messenger in the U.S., U.K., France and India in the next few weeks.
Facebook released an app with similar functionality in April called Hello. The Android app serves as a replacement for the generic phone app and uses Facebook data to provide users information about incoming callers.