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Now is the time to dial up Facebook privacy, as ‘Graph Search’ feature debuts

Posted Jul 9, 2013 6:57 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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As Facebook rolls out a new "Graph Search" feature that will make it easier for users to collect data, now is the time for users to check their privacy settings.

If you've ever "liked" someone or something that might prove embarrassing, it's easy to prevent such information from being shared but difficult or impossible to reclaim it once it's been shared, Slate points out. Its article offers simple, step-by-step instructions about Facebook privacy options.

Meanwhile, the new feature will benefit those who want to find obscure data on their social network, such as a remembered family photo from a vacation years ago, or connection with fellow Christian knitters in the San Francisco area, reports the New York Times (reg. req.).

“Finding people, finding activities, finding recommendations is part of what makes Facebook useful,” analyst Colin Sebastian of R.W. Baird & Company tells the newspaper. But, until now, “there hasn’t been a way for users to access that data.”

See also:

Slate (Jan. 2013): "The Funny, Embarrassing, and Disturbing Ways People Can Use Facebook's New Search Tool"

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