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Facebook no longer lets users hide from search

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:14 a.m. HST, Oct 11, 2013

NEW YORK >> Facebook is getting rid of a privacy feature that let users limit who can find them on the social network.

Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it is removing a setting that controls whether users could be found when people type their name into the website's search bar.

Facebook says only a single-digit percentage of the nearly 1.2 billion people on its network were using the setting.

The change comes as Facebook is building out its search feature, which people often use to find people they know -- or want to know -- on the site.

Facebook, which is based in Menlo Park, Calif., says users can protect their privacy by limiting the audience for each thing they post about themselves.



Facebook's blog post: http://bit.ly/1adj3IZ

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Loading wrote:
1. Offer a privacy setting to the users. 2. Users (albeit a small percentage) then opt out of being searchable. 3. So let's say 9% of 1.2B users opted out, which would be 108M users. This is FB's definition of small percentage. 4. Now remove privacy for this set of users. 5. Welcome to the internet.
on October 10,2013 | 03:37PM
st1d wrote:
more money in proving to advertisers that their ads were delivered to facebook users. privacy settings kept their stats from being counted.
on October 10,2013 | 04:27PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Sounds like FaceBook should be renamed SpyBook?
on October 10,2013 | 04:45PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Why worry about privacy on Face Book? It's only bus stop gossiping not worth mentioning. Oh. Who married who.? What's for lunch? Fairness at workloads. And so on.
on October 10,2013 | 04:47PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Google should buy out Face Book. Both keep your search records for life.
on October 10,2013 | 04:49PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Both Google and FB have the same policy?
on October 10,2013 | 04:49PM
steveoctober wrote:
Not sure why people still use this spyware/spam generating machine. Time to look for a new option.
on October 10,2013 | 05:00PM
AniMatsuri wrote:
Wasn't aware this was an option. If you want privacy, best to see about getting off FB or not signing up at all.
on October 10,2013 | 08:25PM
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