Facebook no longer lets users hide from search

Facebook no longer lets users hide from search

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MENLO PARK, CA - JANUARY 15: Facebook Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg introduces Graph Search features during a presentation January 15, 2013 in Menlo Park. Facebook announced a search function that works within the website and allows users to search content that people have shared with you or is public. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

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KMOV.com

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 10:04 AM

 (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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