What is Facebook's hidden inbox and where to find it

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YOUR Facebook account has a hidden inbox that may be filled with unread messages you've never seen.

That's because the social media giant has a tricky-to-locate SECOND Messenger inbox that's easy to miss.

What is Facebook’s hidden inbox?

The messages are from people who you're not friends with on Facebook, and are logged as "message requests".

For some reason, Mark Zuckerberg's social media behemoth doesn't send you a notification when you get one – and they don't appear in your default inbox.

Instead, they crop up in a special "message requests" folder.

How can I find the hidden inbox in Facebook?

To find it, first open up the Messenger app on your smartphone.

From here, select your profile picture icon in the top left of the screen.

Scroll down to "message requests" – tap on it to see your unread messages.

If you don't know the person who's got in contact, Facebook will show you a bit of information about them to get you up to speed.

They won't know if you've seen the message until you reply, so no need to worry about looking rude if you choose not to respond.

Be careful though – once you ping them a message it'll connect your accounts so you can message one another as if you were Facebook friends.

That's not the only secret Facebook Messenger feature.

There are certain messages you can send that unlock hidden games.

Send a basketball emoji then tap it to unlock a game.

You can also type "@FacebookChess" to launch a chess challenge.

Alternatively, tap the More button in the toolbar, and then click the controller icon.

That will generate a list of games that you can play with the friend you're chatting to.

In other news, nine apps have had to be removed from the Google Play Store after they were caught stealing Facebook passwords.

Facebook is facing backlash in the US over plans to create a version of Instagram for children under 13.

And, influencers who don’t clearly state if they’ve edited photos which are advertisements could be fined or imprisoned in Norway due to a new law.

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