Facebook to Remove Search-by-Name Opt-Out Function
The feature was intended to keep users out of showing up in unwanted searches by non-friends.Facebook announced Oct. 10 that it will soon delete an old privacy setting that enables users to opt out of its internal search by first or last name. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company actually eliminated this feature last year for users who didn't select the setting, but now it's killing it completely for everybody in the next few weeks. Only a small percentage of Facebook members were using it, the company said. The feature was intended to keep users out of showing up in unwanted searches by non-friends. The feature did not preclude friends from searching for friends; with the option removed, any member of Facebook can search for any other member without restrictions. Facebook created the privacy setting before it implemented its new Graph Search and when the social network was simply a directory of profiles. The company said in its corporate blog that it now believes this option has become more confusing than useful. Graph Search enables members to search for each other, for status updates, and for open groups that show profile pictures and images to anyone in the group.
For example, the setting didn’t prevent people from navigating to an individual’s Timeline by clicking a name in a story in News Feed, or from a mutual friend’s Timeline.