Described as ”finishing the removal of an old search setting,” by Facebook (FB) chief privacy officer Michael Richter, the social media giant is making a significant change to its privacy settings that will allow users you haven’t block to find your profile online.
Users can search your name and locate your profile — something previously that was not possible due to the privacy settings on Facebook that protected users from finding your profile if you so desired.
Not any longer.
The more Google-friendly search breaks down that wall and makes it clear you WILL be found.
The Associated Press reports that “only a single-digit percentage of the nearly 1.2 billion people on its network were using the setting” — at least according to Facebook. But the reason for that low percentage likely has to do with the maze-like process of actually finding that privacy setting in the first place.
The search will better help with advertising and search indexing, with a goodbye to just a little more of your online privacy.
Quite humorously, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg just spent $30 million protecting his own home’s privacy by buying up four adjacent properties. Ah, irony.