Privacy Settings on Facebook Change Again, Anyone Now Able to Find You

by Burke Speaker | October 11, 2013 9:41 am

Described asĀ ”finishing the removal of an old search setting[1],” 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 [2]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.[3]

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 [4]protecting his own home’s privacy by buying up four adjacent properties. Ah, irony.

 

Endnotes:
  1. finishing the removal of an old search setting: http://newsroom.fb.com/News/735/Reminder-Finishing-the-Removal-of-an-Old-Search-Setting
  2. Associated Press : http://bigstory.ap.org/article/facebook-no-longer-lets-users-hide-search
  3. actually finding that privacy setting in the first place.: http://valleywag.gawker.com/facebook-removes-privacy-setting-so-anyone-can-find-yo-1443664273/@laceydonohue
  4. acebook founder Mark Zuckerberg just spent $30 million : http://investorplace.com/2013/10/facebook-zuckerberg-buys-4-homes-in-neighborhoo/

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