As relevant as Facebook is as a social media platform, it still falls far short of protecting its users from malicious sources. False information and zombie accounts are still numerous despite all the efforts made. Still, to their credit, they managed to handle spam messages quite well.

Quick answer: However, Facebook makes finding spam messages trickier than most other forms of social media. If you use Facebook Messenger, you should check the “Spam” section of message requests in the “Profile” tab. Those using Facebook through a web browser can access spam messages from the chat settings.

This article will help you learn all about spam messages on Facebook, how to find them and what settings to change to filter them.

How does Facebook identify messages as spam?

During the fourth quarter of 2021, Facebook deleted more than 1.2 billion spam messages. This figure includes some manual actions, but most deletions occurred automatically. To protect your privacy, the platform regularly updates its terms of service. As of 2022, Facebook considers the following messages to be spam:

  • Messages sent to you from an unfriended Facebook account.
  • Messages containing an excessive number of links.
  • Messages sent in bulk.
  • Messages that have been marked as spam by other users.

The process is still not perfect, as it has many security gaps. For example, the group message criteria is for a single account. Multiple bot accounts can send the same message to fewer people, with the same effect.

On the other hand, genuine messages from legitimate accounts can turn into spam simply because someone has flagged their messages as spam. It can even happen to verified accounts when trying to communicate with professionals about business proposals.

This also creates a significant hurdle for official accounts that regularly run giveaways. The owner should contact you through their personal account, where you may not be added as a friend. In this case, any message from them may go directly to spam.

How to find spam messages on Facebook

Spam messages are not immediately visible on your Facebook account. You do not receive notifications about them. Instead, Facebook stores them in an easy-to-miss folder. Nevertheless, you can access it in several ways:

Method 1: use the Facebook Messenger application

For mobile devices, you can access Facebook messages on the Messenger application. To observe spam messages through the app,

  1. Launch the Facebook Messenger app on your device.
  2. Tap the profile icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Select “Message requests”.
  4. Tap on the “Spam” tab. It shows you all the spam messages in your Facebook account.

You can choose not to consider certain messages as spam or to report them for violating Facebook guidelines. Also, you can add someone as a friend so that no messages will be marked as spam in the future.

Method #2: Via your Facebook account on the web

If you connect to Facebook via a web browser, you do not necessarily need a separate Messenger application. However, this also means that you need a different method to locate spam messages,

  1. Go to Facebook and log in to your account.
  2. Click on the message icon at the top right.
  3. Click on the three dots icon at the top.
  4. Select “Message requests” from the drop-down menu that opens.
  5. Click on the “Spam” tab. It will show all spam messages sent to your Facebook account.

Warning: Before opening an online link, you can check if it is safe. You can do this using third-party software like Dr. Link Checker or use your antivirus if it has a similar function.

Can I stop spam messages on Facebook?

Spam messages are, in most cases, an annoyance that you should check often. However, you also don’t want the people you expect messages from to go straight to spam. That’s why Facebook gives you some quality of life features to modify its filters for spam messages.

You can do the same by following the following method,

  1. Open your Facebook account through the browser or the mobile application.
  2. Go to the settings and select the “Privacy” option from the drop-down menu.
  3. Browse the section until you find the section “How to receive message requests”.
  4. You can then modify the corresponding parameters. Once you adjust the settings to your liking, they will immediately reflect on your Facebook account.

Unblock accounts: Accounts on a blacklist are moved to the “Blocked Contacts” section of Facebook. You can go there to unblock any account if you verify it or change your mind.

Conclusion

It’s easy to miss spam messages on Facebook, and rightly so. You don’t want to interact with questionable messages from unverified sources. However, the app has the merit of giving you some flexibility if you want to connect with people you know who have valid credentials.

The process is relatively simple compared to other apps, many of which often require the tedious process of emailing the developers. Nevertheless, it would be good if you always exercise caution, because the slightest mistake can harm you mentally, emotionally or financially.

FAQ

Does Facebook automatically delete spam messages?

Recently, Facebook has relaxed its spam deletion process. So spam messages in your Messenger inbox will not be deleted unless you do it manually.

Can I catch a virus from spam messages?

You can probably get a trojan virus from a Facebook spam message. Even if you have active anti-virus software, it will only scan the application without any malicious purpose. Therefore, it is not a good idea to click on unknown links or download files from spam messages unless you verify the source first.

How do I block an account that sends me spam messages?

If you no longer want to receive messages from an account, you can block it entirely. When you open a message, you can spot the “Block” button at the bottom of the screen. Facebook will check if you really want to proceed. Click “Yes” and you will no longer receive messages from the blocked account.