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Facebook to remove option to hide your name in search results

If you didn’t know already, a lot of your posts are now public by default. And now you can no longer keep your profile private from searchers.

TECHNOLOGY – OCTOBER 11, 2013

The option — which has already previously been removed for accounts that weren’t using it — will be disabled for everyone soon, Facebook says.

MICHAEL RICHTER, FACEBOOK’S CHIEF PRIVACY OFFICER stated: “For the small percentage of people still using the setting, they will see reminders about it being removed in the coming weeks.” 

In a post on Oct. 10, Richter said that the setting, “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” — which has allowed users to block their profile from showing up in Facebook’s search when people type in their names — will be disabled for all users within weeks.

Facebook says that the setting was obsolete and was causing problems and complaints from some users. The company recommends that users pay extra attention to their sharing settings on each piece of individual content and information that a user shares.

Facebook began rolling out Graph Search, the search engine it first revealed last January, to the general public on July 8.

Facebook has said that privacy is “built into” Graph Search. Privacy advocates have published detailed instructions on how users can limit the amount of information that appears in searches.


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