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October 11, 2013

Facebook to ditch timeline privacy feature

The feature is outdated and surpassed by new ways to control privacy, the site said.

By CBR Staff Writer

Facebook is planning to ditch a timeline privacy feature, which controls who can find you on your timeline via the search bar.

The feature enables users to make themselves disappear from search results, as well as conceal their presence on the network to anyone not on their friends list.

Earlier, Facebook had removed the feature for users who were not using it, while the latest move would get rid of the feature for some people still using it.

Facebook said in a statement that everyone used to have a setting called "Who can look up your Timeline by name?," which controlled whether you could be found when people typed your name into the Facebook search bar.

"The setting was created when Facebook was a simple directory of profiles and it was very limited," the social networking firm said.

"For example, it didn’t prevent people from navigating to your Timeline by clicking your name in a story in News Feed, or from a mutual friend’s Timeline.

"Today, people can also search Facebook using Graph Search (for example, "People who live in Seattle,") making it even more important to control the privacy of the things you share rather than how people get to your Timeline."

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In July, Facebook launched the new ‘Graph Search’, which is a precise search feature that lets users to find information and new connections on the site using key phrases.

The feature enables carrying out specific searches about friends on the site, in addition to the content shared by users, such as pictures, personal information and links.

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