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Privacy by obscurity no more on Facebook?

By November 5, 2013 No Comments

Remember those awful comments you wrote years ago about an ex-boyfriend? Think about that photo of you and your college friends holding shot glasses to the camera? Want your present-day friends and family members to easily find them? As TechCrunch writer Josh Constine says in a recent story, Facebook’s new Graph Search might make it easier than ever before for people to discover those long-forgotten but incredibly embarrassing Facebook posts.

A more powerful search tool

Facebook recently rolled out its new Graph Search to a small group of U.S. users who browse in English. Which means that people can search your former posts by status updates, comments, photo captions, notes and check-ins. This will make it easy to search your friends and family members for specific comments or photos. But, is there a downside to this advanced new Graph Search?

The erosion of privacy

You may want to keep these posts entombed. But Graph Search makes that a difficult task. And that’s something to keep in mind any time you post something on Facebook: Do you want others seeing that photo or reading that comment 10 years from now?

Obscurity is gone?

There was a time when, Constine writes, you had privacy by obscurity: Very few people would comb through the hundreds of posts you’ve made over time. Those times, though, appear to be gone. After all, users that have access to your post are now able to easily dig through your past using Graph Search. And this may not be such a benefit, depending on your past.


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