Facebook culling privacy feature

A Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
A Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Facebook is getting rid of a privacy feature that lets users limit who can find them on the social network.

Facebook Inc said in a blog post today that it is removing a setting that controls whether users could be found when people type their name into the website's search bar.

Facebook says only a single-digit percentage of the nearly 1.2 billion people on its network were using the setting.

The change comes as Facebook is building out its search feature, which people often use to find people they know or want to know on the site.

Menlo Park, California-based Facebook says users can protect their privacy by limiting the audience for each thing they post about themselves.

-AP

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