Facebook Messenger is one of the most relied-upon communication platforms in the world today. Last year, 800 million people were using the social media giant’s messenger service. To put that into perspective, collectively its users sent 9.5 billion photos each month through the chat service. I dread to think how many of them were nudes…
Now, you may think that all the messages you receive from people are highlighted by the little red notification on the screen, but this isn’t the case. Sound bizarre? Well, just stay with me. By now, most of us should know about the “Message Request” box in your Facebook messenger inbox. This is where you can either accept or deny messages from people who aren’t your friends, and usually comes in handy when you’re trying to buy festival tickets from your mate’s brother, or throw some shade at your ex’s best friend.
Well, it turns out Facebook does some further filtering to decide which of these messages even pops up in the request section in the first place. Kinda like how your email account sifts out the spam and throws it in the “Junk” folder. So, if you were previously unaware of this, you could have a huge list of unseen and unanswered messages that didn’t make the “message request” cut. Cue shocked face…
Maybe you’ve been waiting on that guy to offer you a price for the lawnmower you’re selling? Or perhaps your soulmate has stumbled upon your profile and tried to get in contact. Who knows? You should expect a lot of creepy (but hilarious) spam, but then again, some of these messages might also be useful. Here’s how you can access this hidden inbox.
Step One: Open Your Messenger App And Select “Settings”
Step Two: Then Go To “People”
Step Three: Click On “Message Requests”
Step Four: Scroll To The Bottom Of The Page And Select “See Filtered Requests”
It’s as easy as that. You may find love, you may find hate, but if you’re like the rest of us, you’ll probably find hilarity in some guy you’ve never met promising to make you a lot of money through a lucrative business deal involving bionic kittens. Either way, you’re about to have your minds blown!
Our relationship with Facebook has come a long way since we chose our first passwords and registered. But is this an example of Facebook protecting us, or further controlling what they want us to see? There certainly is a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the social media market leader, though, as this video proves, there’s also a lot we need to beware of.