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October 14, 2013

Facebook Gets Rid of Privacy Option

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Any change to Facebook, whether it’s a tweak in its site design or an overhaul of its privacy settings, generates a groan or two. In another effort to improve its users’ experience on the social network, Facebook is getting rid of an old and sometimes glitch-prone privacy option that will now render every Facebook user searchable to any other user.

Michael Richter Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer said:

Last year we announced the removal of an old setting called “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” along with new controls for managing content on Facebook. The search setting was removed last year for people who weren’t using it. For the small percentage of people still using the setting, they will see reminders about it being removed in the coming weeks. Whether you’ve been using the setting or not, the best way to control what people can find about you on Facebook is to choose who can see the individual things you share.

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The old privacy setting — called “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” — gave users the option to not appear in Facebook search results. If Mark Zuckerberg himself wanted to keep all Facebook users from looking up his Timeline and activity via the Facebook search bar, he could toggle the setting so that only friends, or friends of friends, could do so.

However, according to Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Michael Richter, that led to some problems with the search function itself. “People told us that they found it confusing when they tried looking for someone who they knew personally and couldn’t find them in search results,” he said in a statement. Facebook is phasing out this privacy option and will make all users accessible via the search bar.

Facebook update on Google Play below

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini