Facebook Is Changing Its Privacy Settings: Here's How to Stay Hidden

Jenny Erikson Tech Talk

What happens on Facebook stays on Facebook. Forever. And it’s searchable. Bwahahaha! Just wait until we torch the skies!

Ok, maybe I’m being a little melodramatic, but Facebook is changing its privacy settings (again), and this time it’s removing the feature that allowed you to stay hidden when people searched for your name.

Facebook said today that 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, or when two people were in a Facebook Group and then couldn't find each other through search."

Whatever, Facebook. We know you’re really just trying to take over our souls and use us as naked human batteries with zero privacy.

Don’t worry though, you can still use the privacy settings to keep your boss from seeing the pics of you doing shots at the bar during happy hour last week.

Under the privacy settings, you can control who sees what posts. You can block people from seeing anything but your public updates. Create a Restricted list and put people like your boss and your elderly neighbor on it. This is perfect for stealth unfriending the frenemies too.

Another good option is to create a list of super close friends and post only to them when you want to complain about your epic hangover.

If you’re still uncomfortable with the privacy settings, you know what they say: Abstinence is the only way to be 100 percent effective. No one is forcing you to be on Facebook.

Do you use lists to control who sees your Facebook posts?


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