Automatic Spam Protection Feature Rolls Out For Android Messages

Приложение Android Messages получило защиту от спама

Приложение Android Messages получило защиту от спама

After displaying the alert that tells the user that this feature is enabled, the application will start to analyze your sent messages for you to detect and proactively block spam messages.

Google confirmed that the automatic spam protection in a generic Android app Messages began to appear for some users.

Considering that the majority of Android users back up their data to Google in one way or another, it hardly makes a difference as to whether permission is granted to see phone numbers of incoming messages. Although anything that cuts down spam is welcome, the feature raises a few privacy concerns.

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Because of this, even though Google does not provide any details on how Android Messages' automatic spam protection feature works, it's quite apparent that it collects phone numbers reported as sending unwanted messages and blocks them on all other devices where the feature is enabled. After doing so, the messages disappear and Google logs the information.

Well, what do you think about the "Automatic Spam Protection" feature? Spam reports include a copy of the spammer's messages (up to 10) and go to Google so Messages can better detect future spam for you. A quick tap on that notification will start that process. Your own phone number and the message contents are not shared.

Anything involving Google scanning and storing messages is bound to cause controversy. The "Spam protection" option can be found under Advanced settings where it can be toggled on or off. Note that the rollout is not immediate to all users. In simple words, the spammer will not see or know about your report. According to Google's help page, phone numbers associated with inbound messages are only temporarily stored along with the time of receipt. Will you turn this feature on, or would you rather report your messages manually? Let us know in the comments!

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