Spam protection feature rolling out to some Messages' users

Isaac Cain
January 1, 2019

Everyone hates spam texts, but only some Android users are reporting they're seeing alerts about a new spam protection feature from Google in their Messages app. The inner machinations are undescribed, but presumably, it looks at that data statistically to determine commonalities between spam messages to detect them.

Further, the pop-up says that spam protection sends some data about your messages to Google.

However, there is one issue in Spam protection that might irk privacy advocates. Combined with the reach of the Messages app, and the firm should at least put a large dent in the influx of spam.

Earlier this week, Google announced it was planning to shift its Messages web app - which allows users to manage SMS/MMS messages on their phone from another device - from to

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Many companies push out spam protection for this very reason, but its effectiveness is largely hit-or-miss. "Spam protection" soon after opening the Android Messages App. It's actually nearly too easy to send an SMS, because you don't need to know the person who owns the line - you simply need to know the number exists. If you forward a spam report manually to Google it still submits the phone numbers of both the sender and the recipient including the message body. Though, not everyone has seen the feature, Android Police reports that some users have already started seeing it.

The popup notification users receive when the so-called Spam Protection function hits the devices asks the users to either enable it or keep it off.

If this information is confirmed from other callers, the phone number of the spammer automatically fall into the "black list".

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