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No more hiding from Facebook search

There was a time when Facebook users could make themselves "unsearchable" by changing a privacy setting called "Who can search for me by name?" Their accounts would still be visible to people who clicked their names in a News Feed story or on a mutual friends' timeline, but the random person who they met in a bar the previous evening could not find them using the Facebook search bar.

Facebook quietly announced it was axing that feature for people who weren't already using it in December. Today, the company announced it will take it away from everybody else in the coming weeks.

In a blog post, Facebook wrote the feature "was created when Facebook was a simple directory of profiles and was very limited" and made "Facebook's search feature feel broken at times," for example when someone searched for a personal acquaintance and came up empty.

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