Do you see that setting circled in red? Well it won’t be around for much longer. If you’re not already using the timeline search setting, don’t worry, you obviously didn’t care who searched for you. But for the other people, like myself, in a couple of weeks it’ll no longer exist.
According to Facebook the feature was created when the social network was simply a directory of profiles. Now, though, Facebook says this privacy setting has become more confusing than helpful especially since the advent of Graph Search, which lets users search for each other and for status updates, and open groups that show profile pictures and images to anyone in the group.
Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Michael Richter explains why it will no longer exist:
“The setting was created when Facebook was a simple directory of profiles and it was very limited. 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,” he says.
“The setting also 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, or when two people were in a Facebook Group and then couldn’t find each other through search.”
Well for those who are frustrated with the lack of privacy on Facebook, there’s always the delete option. To actually delete your account, you have to fill out a brief form.But I do suggest downloading your Facebook history first, available under “General Settings,” in case you want to look back at all of the braggadocious posts you’ve made and the selfies in the bathroom mirror you’ve taken.