Will Facebook index your profile info on Google: a rumor

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Re: Facebook

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Since the inception of new privacy rules, Facebook has been carped with all sorts of grapevine. We already made some efforts to decipher the hidden implications of the new privacy changes.¬† Latest rumors suggest Facebook is up to compromise users privacy by automatically indexing all users info on Google. Facebook’s privacy features has been its backbone since inception and such a dereliction could mar its reputation as an inculpable social network. So will Facebook index all your info on Google? The social media giant was quick to set a rejoinder.

In response to the following acquisition Facebook posted the following response

There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile.

In case you are not willing to allow your name being indexed by Facebook and emerging on Google or Bing search there is an easy trick. just follow the steps below

Step 1

Go to the Settings>Privacy Settings>Search

Step 2

If the Allow indexing box is checked for search engines, just uncheck it

In case you have already unchecked the privacy setting feature in past, recheck to ensure if it has changed with the new Privacy settings.


Andrew Agerbak
December 15, 2009: 9:48 am

The Facebook privacy issue *isn’t* search engines, which have indexed your *public* FB info since 2007. It’s the new privacy policy which allows your status updates and photos to be seen by Everyone (incl. search engines) by default if you don’t change it. So go to “Settings -> Privacy settings -> Profile Information -> Posts by me” and set it to “Friends” or maybe “Friends of Friends” instead of Everyone.

Likewise for “Photos and Videos of Me” …

… and “Photo Albums” (whose settings can be different by album)

The instructions circulating about how to suppress search engine indexing are misleading- they only fix the symptoms! If your personal information is set visible to Everyone, then it’ll probably get out somehow…

December 15, 2009: 7:33 am

“Facebook’s privacy features has been its backbone since inception” I can’t agree. I guess if you want to compare it with early competitors like myspace, it is more of a “gated community”, but in terms of control and defaults a lot is only just starting to be available.
Up until a week ago FB still defaulted to letting anyone from the same network (in many cases states or entire countries) see a fair bit of your stuff?. They still make some inexplicable decisions like “you can’t hide which Pages you are a fan of (unless we let you once, in which case you now can’t show them even if your want to)”. Hiding (a) your friends list or (b) specific friends from others is something that (a) took to long to come/(b) is still to come.
There’s a lot I love about Facebook, but they are definitely playing catchup as far as asking sure people have control of their information.

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