Facebook Says No More Secret Profiles

If you've been searching for that high school flame or old army buddy for years on Facebook, to no avail, you might want to give it another try now that the social media giant is forcing everyone out of the shadows.

Users who have selected the strictest privacy setting under EUWho can look up your Timeline by name?EU have been warned that the answer to that question is now "everyone."

Get Used To It

Last year, Facebook started phasing out the setting altogether, but gave those who opted to stay hidden some time to adjust to the idea of being public. Now, they can still choose to block individuals from finding them or seeing their posts on other people's pages, but there's no way to avoid turning up in Facebook's vaunted Graph Search, which makes it much easier to find people, places and stuff.

"Whether youEUve been using the setting or not, the best way to control what people can find about you on Facebook is to choose who can see the individual things you share," wrote chief privacy officer Michael Richter in a post on Facebook's Newsroom Thursday.

Richter noted that the feature wasn't foolproof anyway -- users could still be located via posts and likes on mutual friends' pages or tagged photos.

"The setting also made Facebook's search feature feel broken at times," he added. "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."

People still using the hide-my-profile feature should now be seeing a notification that says "We're removing the setting because it isn't as useful as it was before, and now there are better ways to manage your...

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