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Google Brings Spam Protection Feature in its Messages App

Your message content is not seen or stored by Google as part of this feature, the company added

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Google has introduced a spam protection feature in its Messages app for Android users who will now get a warning about spam texts.

“With Spam protection for Messages, we warn you of suspected spam and unsafe websites we’ve detected. If you see a suspected spam warning in Messages you can help us improve our spam models by letting us know if it’s spam or not,” Google said in a statement late Thursday.

Along with reporting spam texts, Google said, you’ll also be able to block the entire conversation too.

“With real-time spam detection, Messages makes chatting easier and safer. This feature works with your message data while keeping your messages private. And it’s optionala”so you’re in control,” said Google.

Messages tries to detect suspected spam and lets you block and report spammers.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

If you see a suspected spam warning in Messages, you can let Google know if it’s spam or not by tapping “Report spam” or “Report not spam”.

“When Spam protection is on, Google temporarily stores the phone numbers of received and sent messages for numbers that aren’t in your contacts. This helps Google identify spammers,” said the company.

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This data is not linked to you or to identifiers like your name or phone number, which means Google doesn’t know who you’re messaging.

Your message content is not seen or stored by Google as part of this feature, the company added. (IANS)

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Wikipedia Crosses Milestone Of Having Over 6 Million Articles in English Language

Following the English edition, which hit the five million-mark in late 2015, are the German version with about 2.3 million articles, and the French version, which has about 2.1 million articles

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Wikipedia is available in several languages, but its English version has the most number of articles. Wikimedia Commons

The world’s largest online multilingual encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has now crossed the milestone of having more than six million articles in English language.

The feat, which comes roughly 19 years after the website was founded, is a testament of “what humans can do together,” said Ryan Merkley, chief of staff at Wikimedia, the nonprofit organisation that operates the omnipresent online encyclopedia, TechCrunch reported on Friday.

The six millionth article is about Maria Elise Turner Lauder, a 19th-century Canadian school teacher, travel writer and fiction writer.

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The world’s largest online multilingual encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has now crossed the milestone of having more than six million articles in English language. Pixabay

Wikipedia is available in several languages, but its English version has the most number of articles.

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Following the English edition, which hit the five million-mark in late 2015, are the German version with about 2.3 million articles, and the French version, which has about 2.1 million articles, the report added. (IANS)