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Facebook Messenger Rolls Out ‘Message Requests’ Folder

By Alex Neil Posted Oct 29, 2015 in Facebook News/ Social Media News


Facebook Messenger app is really great in separating chat feature from the Facebook app and making it more efficient to connect with your friends. But that’s a drawback that you can only connect with your friends and receive messages only from them.

What if someone you knew in real life was trying to get a hold of you through Facebook? Obviously their messages will go to others folder that the Messenger didn’t show. You could miss something really important!

It seems that Facebook realizes that as well because now it is introducing a new feature in the Messenger app. At the top of the list your chats, there will be another folder called ‘Message Requests’ that will show you the ‘Others’ folder messages.

Message Requests

These messages can be read with the sender knowing that you have read them and then you can decide whether you want to respond to the message or not. You can also see their basic information like name, city, job or mutual friends as well so that you can get the idea of who that person is and whether you know that person or not.

If you reply to the message, it will move to your messages folder along with your other chats. But if you do not want to respond, you can simply swipe it with your finger and it will be moved to the ‘Filtered Requests’ folder.

The head of Message Products at Facebook, David Marcus, Wrote in the announcement post of this new feature:
We’re removing the “Other Folder” that was only accessible from the web, and are enabling you to accept or ignore new requests without the requestor knowing you’ve read their message.

The rule is pretty simple: If you’re friends on Facebook, if you have each other’s contact info in your phone and have these synced, or if you have an existing open thread, the new messages from that sender will be routed to your inbox. Everything else will now be a message request, minus spam attempts that we will continue to ruthlessly combat.


  • Mandy Lee

    Where is the filtered requests folder? I received a message request but was too busy to reply so I tried to come back to it and it’s gone.

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