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Google Voice now flags suspected calls as spam


Google voice made it easier to filter out spammers trying to call your number. The tech giant has announced that the service will now flag suspected calls as spam and will clearly label them, complete with a large red exclamation mark. Spam calls and texts have been a big deal for years and they’re not going away anytime soon — according to to the FCCConsumers in the United States receive about 4 billion automated calls each month, and Americans have lost nearly 30 billion USD to scam calls in 2021. Google says the feature is designed to help protect you “from unwanted calls and potentially harmful scams”.

A new label that says “suspicious spam caller” will show up not only on the incoming call screen but also in the call history for future reference. If you confirm that the call is a nuisance call, any future calls from that number will go directly to voicemail and all call history entries will be sent to the spam folder. However, if you confirm that the number is legitimate and not a spam caller, the warning will never be displayed for that number again. This is what the label looks like on the call screen:

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Google uses the same artificial intelligence responsible for identifying nuisance calls in its ecosystem to pinpoint the exact callers to disturb for this feature. Apparently, that AI filters out billions of spam calls every month for the tech giant. It should be noted that the new label will only appear if your spam filter settings in Security are turned off. If this feature is enabled, all calls that Google suspects are disturbing calls will be sent to voicemail in the first place.

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