|Old Facebook Posts May Now be Public
By: Jessica Cherok
With Facebook's newest revamp of its search feature, the social media giant is asking users to revisit their privacy settings.
Facebook has now included over two trillion older posts to its searchable index. This change could mean some users' old Facebook posts are now searchable because they were not covered by privacy settings at the time of posting. Facebook points out that users should not be concerned about the privacy of their previous posts because users "can go back and change the audience at any time."
Because scrolling back through all of their old Facebook posts is exactly what people want to do with their time.
The search feature update now allows users to search and find the most recent posts, both public and from friends.
According to Facebook's blog post about the change:
Search results are organised to help you cut through the noise and quickly understand what the world is saying about a topic in the moment. You also can pull-to-refresh and see the latest public posts.
The search feature is currently being rolled out for iPhone, Android, and desktop.
The diverse experiences and perspectives that are shared on Facebook can’t be found anywhere else. Your search results are personalized and unique to you and, as always, you can only see things that have been shared with you. Likewise, you control who can see your posts on Facebook and it’s easy to change the audience of your past posts any time.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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