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May 22, 2015

Facebook Launches Caller ID-Style Tool for Messenger App

Facebook has introduced a new feature enabling its Messenger app users to avoid connecting with people they don’t like or know.

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 10.06.48 AMThe new tool, which is rolling out today for both iOS and Android, informs users of who is trying to connect with them by sending a photo and description of the person as well as other information the person has made public on his or her profile, such as where he or she lives, works or studies.

Facebook vice-president of messaging David Marcus described the tool as “caller ID for messaging.”

“Now you’ll have context about the people contacting you on Messenger with a bigger photo and more details about how you’re related, and much more,” Marcus said in a Facebook post. “Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do, and as always, send feedback our way!”

The feature is available only in select countries thus far, however: the U.S., the U.K., India and France.

The new ID Messenger app comes one month after the social network introduced Hello, a caller ID app for Android that permits users to see who is calling, block unwanted calls and search for people and places as well as link friends’ phone numbers with their Facebook profiles.



Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.