Living Simple Living Smart Living Stylish Product Reviews

Facebook Removes Privacy Settings

Ok! Ok! Ok! I have heard this from people but no one ever tells you 100% of the official information. Which means sometimes things are basically left out. So, I was scrolling through my email and saw an email from FACEBOOK!! I opened it and it was about what’s on everyone’s FB Hot Topic: Privacy Setting. Here’s what they emailed me.


What’s changing: We’re removing an old search setting called “Who can look up your Timeline by name”—but this won’t change who can see what you’ve shared on Facebook.

What did this setting do?
“Who can look up your Timeline by name” controlled who could find your Timeline by typing your name in search.

What will happen when the setting is removed?
Anyone will be able to look up your Timeline by your name — but if they go to your Timeline, they’ll only see what they already have permission to see. Removing this setting doesn’t change who can see your photos, status updates or other things you’ve shared.

Why is Facebook removing this setting?
When we created this setting, the only way to find you on Facebook was to search for your specific name. Now, people can come across your Timeline in other ways: for example if a friend tags you in a photo, which links to your Timeline or if people search for phrases like “People who like The Beatles,” or “People who live in Seattle,” in Graph Search.

Today, the best way to manage who sees your stuff is to use your Privacy Shortcuts (just click the at the top of every page of the Facebook website), and to choose who to share with when you post new photos and updates.

What’s next?
You’ll have more chances to review this info before the setting is removed—and we’ll remind you on Facebook in case you forget.
Want to review your privacy choices now? Here are some things you can do:
•If you want to quickly limit the audience of things you’ve shared in the past to Friends, visit your privacy settings.
•Each time you share a photo, link or status update, you can set the privacy for that specific post.
•Check out what you’ve shared in the past—and who can see that info—by going to your activity log. To get to your activity log, click the at the top of any page to open your privacy shortcuts.

How do you feel about this change? I think it’s good that you can still keep your timeline private (for the most part). It’s really just opening up the search. The truth is…. once its on social media, it’s really not THAT private anyway!




You Might Also Like

  • Coasta
    October 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Doesn’t bother me…b/c I only post what I want to share…and some things I do have for just my friends…but I know even then it may get shared, saved or whatever. So, I only post what I don’t mind anyone seeing. If people want complete privacy of their lives…they just have to stay off of social media.

  • Tenns @ New Mama Diaries
    October 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Oh there goes Facebook at it again! I agree with Coasta however, I only share what I intentionally mean to share. I’ve always been like that since I first got on FB. I see even more changes to come with FB, that will eventually make it so less and less is “private”.

  • Katherine G
    October 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I hadn’t seen this. I’m glad you posted about it.

  • Tiffany @ The Bizy Mommy
    October 18, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I wasn’t using that feature anyway, so it’s not a big deal to me. But I know for some people that are victims of domestic violence, or that just want to be invisible to specific people for some reason, they may be concerned. Going through your privacy settings and making sure your profile is on total lockdown is the best way to keep unwanted people from seeing your stuff. Thanks for sharing this Bernetta, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around out there!