Facebook - now sharing your public posts on search engines

23 October 2015

facebook mobile Facebook is going to let people search for your status updates on search engines. Twitter has been searchable like that for a while, so some people won't mind at all. However, this will stick in the craw with some, who see Facebook as a safe place to say what you want without being snooped on.

Of course, people, pages, and brands have been easy to track down, but not individual items shared on newsfeeds and timelines. That's all about to change, as Facebook is rolling out an update to open everything up.

Facebook's vice president of search Tom Stocky said: "When something happens in the world, people often turn to Facebook to see how their friends and family are reacting. Today, we’re updating Facebook Search so that in addition to friends and family, you can find out what the world is saying about topics that matter to you."

You'll know that the social network is in trouble with how much it shares with the world, losing a court case about people's personal information. Some people might see this as further evidence of FB taking the piss. In that case, you might want to dive into your Settings and start shoring everything up, if you're worried about that sort of thing.

You can assume that Facebook will only make public posts searchable, so if your account is locked-down, you should be okay... provided of course, if you trust the social network on such matters.

The update is going to roll out in the US first, on iPhone, Android and desktop, and then, it'll creep across the rest of the territories in due time.

TOPICS:   Social Media   Privacy

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