The safeguards are designed to help cut down on scammers.
Facebook has announced that the new safeguards are the result of an increase in malicious accounts, which have appeared as a result of changes to the social media site’s search algorithm.
The new updates will see Facebook’s machine learning analysis of communications scanning accounts for any suspicious activity, including those sending an unusually large number of friend requests to users in a short period of time and/or numerous message requests to those under the age of 18.
If any suspicious activity is detected, Messenger will inform users of the issue via a pop-up window, which will offer them the option of either blocking or ignoring the potential scam account.
Overall, the safeguards are designed to limit the amount of interactions between adults and minors who are not already connected via Messenger or Facebook.
The updates saw a limited rollout for Android users back in March, with Facebook announcing iOS users would be given access within the next week.