Facebook No Longer Lets Users Hide Their Profiles in Search Box

New privacy setting update means users can no longer go incognito

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Facebook announced Thursday its plans to finalize the removal of the privacy setting that allows users to control who can search their name on the social-media site.

The company first rolled out its plans to eliminate the service in December 2012, PC Mag reports. Last year’s privacy-policy update ditched the security setting for members who were not using it, but now those who have the filter enabled have nowhere to hide.

The “Who can look up your Timeline by name” feature formerly allowed you to limit who could find your profile photo and basic information when they entered your name in the search bar. In an online post about removing the service, Facebook said only a “small percentage” of its almost 1.2 billion active users had enabled the setting. Members can now protect their presence primarily by limiting the audience for each specific item they post about themselves in their timeline. They can also still block specific users from contacting them and report abuse to the service.

The move is part of a greater effort to enhance its search feature, which included an upgrade to the Social Graph to allow users to search almost anything. Facebook will notify those still using the setting through a warning post, and from now on will feature a reminder notice when a user is posting something publicly.

[Associated Press]

22 comments
Stilton
Stilton

Privacy is a big issue and, sooner or later, the company would habe to take into account all those users who are thinking about closing their accounts just because of that.

DbaiG
DbaiG

I think privacy is one of the most important buzzwords when it comes to Facebook. I agree with one of the previous commentators.. No Privacy…No Facebook.! If they denounce privacy, they will definitely reduce their users. Many people will fly to other social plugins. 

DbaiG

Bolee.com 

viva
viva

If you are on Facebook - "You do not have any privacy" and is better not talked by people with profiles.

Facebook has all data on:

1. All of their national and international Data servers - including the ones they just opened for international purposes

2. All surveillance NSA servers for national security

3. All 3rd party contractors and small companies buying your data for testing their applications

4. All budding and experienced hackers who have your posts and pictures printed on their walls

5. All marketing agencies preparing and promoting custom ads - designed for your specific needs

6. Other applications installed on Facebook office computers which are not on secured network

now lets talk about single privacy setting check-box.

AlistairIanDgbBrownlee
AlistairIanDgbBrownlee

This is not a privacy problem for me but rather a spam problem. When you allow search you get spammed friend invites by random people and it's an unnecessary effort to ignore them all. 

HernaniSasaki
HernaniSasaki

Well, maybe we should limit too much exposure of our private life and confidential matters.

JanetLeClainche
JanetLeClainche

That "small percentage" certainly includes me and many of my friends.  Maybe it's only people of a "certain age" who still value their semblance of privacy that do this.

HypnoToad
HypnoToad

Or you can do what I did. Use a different last name and add the people you actually want on your friends list.

Lar5
Lar5

The Cruz opened his mouth today and another missile was aimed at the GOP/TEA and they had to jump into their bomb shelters. What a weapon of mass destruction he has dropped on the republicans. The GOP hired a hit man who turned out to be a double agent.

chrispy
chrispy

I'm glad facebook keeps screwing up. I have been on a mission to spread the word about sites that offer privacy. There are actually a lot of these nowadays, but most of them kind of suck. Some of the good ones are: DuckDuckGo, Ravetree, and HushMail. If we all help spread the word about great sites like these that actually have privacy, then we can rid the world of this huge advertisement that has infected the web.

RickHunter
RickHunter

This one of the reasons I never signed up for it.  Now, if I can convince my wife to stop using it, that would be awesome.

EricWillard
EricWillard

I see 2 issues. 1) I never knew you could even hide your profile. I would hide mine if I knew I could.  2) I see them doing this to pander to employers who want to search for their employee's profiles.

AngelinaSoto
AngelinaSoto

The truth . . . Facebook & NSA working together to track our every move. Time to close my account as well . . . So much for democracy  . . .  and one's right to privacy. SMDH!!

11B_INF_Retired
11B_INF_Retired

Time for me to close my account....  No privacy....No Facebook account!

stevenpgordon
stevenpgordon

The move is part of a greater effort to enhance its search feature. And make the web a lot less private. Thanks Facebook and NSA.

chrispy
chrispy

This is just one of the many reasons why I don't use facebook anymore. It's just an advertising platform that lets businesses collect information about its users. If you're looking for something that doesn't have ads, and actually respects your privacy, then you should check out Ravetree.

kgwolter13
kgwolter13

@JanetLeClainche 

I really don't think it is just an age thing.  Young people are actually coming around to the fact that privacy is a commodity. Of course, the easiest thing is to ditch facebook altogether.  I did, and it was surprisingly painless.

thebax
thebax

@AngelinaSoto Make sure you really close it out, To leave a comment here it activates Facebook again automatically.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@chrispaterson114 On the other hand, you could go out in the real world and make real friends and do things together instead of wasting your time talking with someone you never met somewhere else in the world that you can never be sure if they're who they say they are.