Social Media

Facebook Removes Privacy Setting For Timeline Searches

Saikat Basu 13-10-2013

Now, every Facebook user is searchable by anyone else on the social network. Facebook announced that it has removed the privacy setting that allowed users to remain hidden from Timeline searches. Facebook reasoned that only a small percentage of its 1.2 billion users were using the privacy setting in the first place. According to them, the best way to limit what people can find about you on Facebook is to choose who can see the individual things you share.


The “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” was a Facebook feature that moderated the visibility of your account through a search from the search bar on top. You could decide if you wanted to be found by everyone or selectively stay visible to your friends and friends of friends. Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Michael Richter said that this privacy was glitch prone as people could still come to your Timeline by clicking your name in a story on the News Feed. Furthermore, it made things confusing for a circle of friends or the ones in the same Facebook Group as they couldn’t locate each other through the search bar though they knew each other personally. Anyone who had the old setting active, should see a notification as the one below:

Facebook Notification

Facebook’s Graph Search has introduced different ways to search through the circle of friends. Facebook has also improved its privacy features and now gives you more fine-tuned controls over each individual items you share. The announcement post linked to below gives you a refresher on the account controls to keep in mind while sharing.

Everyone has an opinion on Facebook’s privacy changes. Tell us yours. Does this change make it more convenient, or does it really bother you?

Source: Facebook Newsroom


Related topics: Facebook, Online Privacy.

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  1. James
    November 10, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Reinstate in 30 days or i'll delete my account.

  2. Anonymous
    November 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I love this setting. I have personal reasons why it would really annoy me to have it gone. Really hate this news.

  3. Joseph V
    October 15, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Boo! Boo Mark Zuckerberg! Booooooooooo!

  4. Lara Stetler
    October 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I've noticed that I can look at photos of members I'm not friends with as well as their friends pictures and so fourth, when I click on their name. What is the point of having any sort of privacy when this can be done? As well as a bunch of other categories.

  5. Ctownbos
    October 14, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Oh and Sasha, Facebook isn't a "private business". It's a publicly owned company. I own shares as do most people with 401ks or other portfolios.

  6. Ctownbos
    October 14, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I'm all for privacy but this is a public site . As they said just make everything private and you have nothing to worry about. Some of these comments are rediculous. You are not entitled to use Facebook in any way you please....even if our government wants everyone to be entitled to everything. So change your settings or quit the site. Or build your own site. Just stop whining.

  7. Sasha
    October 14, 2013 at 6:40 am

    FB is a private business not a public service. By using it you are letting yourself and your data be used against you for marketing and other purposes. You are the product Facebook sells. Quit using Facebook is the only reasonable option. I guess that's not going to happen since everyone is so addicted to it as if there is no other way to communicate with their friends and family. It is a disgusting site that conducts disgusting business.

  8. Quick Brown Fox
    October 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Mark Zuckerburg just paid $30 million to purchase four homes in his neighborhood so he could increase his privacy. Yet he thinks it's perfectly OK to decrease our privacy by removing a privacy option. His motto must be, "Do as I SAY, not as I DO!"

  9. Jerry
    October 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Best way around it is to change your name

  10. WorknMan
    October 13, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Excellent. This should help with my stalking efforts :)

    • Saikat B
      October 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Well said :) But then do remember it cuts both ways!

  11. Ghazal
    October 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I can't believe they are removing that privacy option. I made a petition to get them to add that setting back to Facebook, please sign