Opting out of search is now impossible—unless you’re a minor
At one point in time, it was possible to keep your Facebookprofile nearly invisible. Using a now defunct setting called “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” users were able to remove their name from search results. The feature’s been gone for people who weren’t using it, but it’ll be permanently removed for everyone in the next few weeks.
In an official blog post, Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Michael Richter says “the setting made Facebook’s search feature feel broken at times. For example, people told us that they found it confusing when they tried looking for someone who they knew personally and couldn’t find them in search results.”
If you’ve been using the feature, you should be seeing a notice on your homepage reminding you about the change. For everyone else, it’s yet another privacy feature that we can’t make use of.
What do you think about the change? Is it enough to make you quit Facebook? Tell us in the comments.