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How Your Facebook Privacy Settings Impact Graph Search

Kristin Burnham | Jan. 16, 2013
Facebook today announced a new search capability--currently in beta--called Graph Search. Here's how your Facebook privacy settings will affect what others can find.

To control who can see your current city, for example, you'll need to edit that setting in the About tab on your timeline. Do this by navigating to your profile, clicking the About link that appears under your profile picture and summary, and clicking Edit next to Living section.

Your Photos Privacy Settings

The second group of privacy settings you should review is for your photos. Graph Search lets others search specifically for photos of you, including photos hidden from timeline. Your photos that appear in others' searches depend on your privacy settings.

Start by reviewing the photos you've shared or have been tagged in. You can do this via your Activity Log. Find this button below your cover photo on the right side of your profile.

The Activity Log will display all of your actions on Facebook, and you can sort it specifically for photos by clicking the Photos link on the left-side navigation. Click the drop-down menu next to the pencil icon to preview or change the settings of individual pictures.

Because photos you've hidden from your timeline are still searchable, you'll want to review these, too. Click the drop-down menu next to "On timeline" at the top to switch to a hidden-only view.

You can also change the privacy settings of your individual albums. Do this by navigating to your Albums page and clicking the icon that appears below each your albums. Note that some albums, such as your profile pictures and mobile uploads, may not have the option to set a blanket setting. You'll need to review and change the setting of each picture individually.

Your 'Places' Privacy Settings

If you've checked-in to a location such as a restaurant or museum, or tagged a photo with a location, each of these could appear in Graph Search results, depending on your settings.

To review your tag history-which includes photo tags among location tags-navigate to your Activity Log and sort it by "Posts you're tagged in." To remove a tag or change a location, click the pencil icon.

Note that if you added a location tag to a photo, the photo's privacy setting is also your location setting.

 

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