Facebook no longer lets users hide from search

Facebook no longer lets users hide from search

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a press conference that took place at the G8 summit in Deauville, France, Friday, May 27, 2011. G8 leaders, in a two-day meeting, will discuss the Internet, aid for North African states and ways in which to end the conflict in Libya. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 9:52 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is getting rid of a privacy feature that let users limit who can find them on the social network.

Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it is removing a setting that controls whether users could be found when people type their name into the website's search bar.

Facebook says only a single-digit percentage of the nearly 1.2 billion people on its network were using the setting.

The change comes as Facebook is building out its search feature, which people often use to find people they know — or want to know — on the site.

Facebook, which is based in Menlo Park, Calif., says users can protect their privacy by limiting the audience for each thing they post about themselves.

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