All The Facebook Privacy Settings You Need To Change Before Using The New Graph Search

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The big news in the tech world this week is Facebook’s new Graph Search feature. It allows users to search Facebook’s huge amount of data to get consolidated results.Mark Zuckerberg stressed Graph Search’s privacy awareness at the big reveal. Every piece of content has its own audience, most content is not public, and you can only search for content that has been shared with you, he said.

Despite this reassurance, you still should take some time to look at your Facebook privacy settings to make sure things you share don’t inadvertently show up in search.

Before you rush to try out the new feature, Anna Attkisson at Laptop Mag urges Facebook users to tweak their Activity Log.

All that profile info you’ve painstakingly updated over the years (employer, home town, relationship status, movie likes, etc) and all the photos you’ve added over time, are now to become data in a database of the social network’s trillion connections between a billion users.

We took Attkisson’s tips and some of our own into account to help you make sure your privacy settings are the way you want them before Graph Search goes live for everyone. 

Once inside the Activity Log, find a post and click the two-headed icon.

This part may be tedious but go through any post, like, tag, comment, photo, etc. that you want to limit visibility.

Also inside of the Activity Log is a way to remove yourself from tagged posts and photos. Under a post someone has tagged you in, click on the two-headed icon. Next, click Report/Remove Tag.

This is what shows up when you want to remove a post about you from Facebook. Select the appropriate option.

And this is the box that shows up when you want to remove a photo or request a tag to be removed.

Deeper inside the Settings menu is an option to limit your past posts. Click the button and it will change the audience for all your old posts.

Now check out how Facebook Graph Search looks and works...

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