New facebook privacy
December 10, 2009 11:04 AM   Subscribe

New facebook privacy settings. How do you hide friends from Google search results? How do you hide fan "pages" from non-facebook friends? Are these now permanently public?
posted by four panels to Technology (6 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Are they permanently public? Who knows - probably depends on the backlash. For the moment? Yes. See this gawker link, which includes this quote taken from the new privacy policies:

Certain categories of information such as your name, profile photo, list of friends and pages you are a fan of, gender, geographic region, and networks you belong to are considered publicly available to everyone, including Facebook-enhanced applications, and therefore do not have privacy settings. You can, however, limit the ability of others to find this information through search using your search privacy settings.

So there's that. Hooray?
posted by brainmouse at 11:16 AM on December 10, 2009

To add: you can, of course, remove your facebook profile from a google search (which it's insane not to do) or even an internal facebook search, as the new privacy policy says.
posted by brainmouse at 11:19 AM on December 10, 2009

I don't know how to hide your friends and pages from google, but to hide them from other people looking at your profile (non-friends), do this:

Once you go through the little tutorial to new privacy settings thing that pops up when you log in, go to your profile. Find your friends list. Click the little pencil by the box, and choose to hide your friends list. This will hide it from general public searches.

I don't know how to hide pages :-\
posted by raztaj at 12:33 PM on December 10, 2009

On cnet's BuzzOut Loud podcast yesterday they mentioned that there is no way to disable sharing Friends, Networks, or "Fan Of" with everyone on the internet.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:50 PM on December 10, 2009 [1 favorite]

To add - Here's the update on how to limit access to your friends list, with the new privacy settings.
posted by raztaj at 12:53 PM on December 10, 2009

Here's a detailed report of the privacy controls that have been removed in the latest "privacy" update with screenshots:
posted by irv4oh at 3:30 PM on December 14, 2009

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