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Facebook’s public profile information will now appear on mobile Google searches.

Facebook’s public profile information will now appear on mobile Google searches.

Everyone’s Facebook public profile information is now on Google.

Google and Facebook have partnered up to make Facebook’s mobile app search friendly, which means that any post, photo and video set as a “Public” post could potentially surface in a random Google search.

“When people search for public Facebook content on the mobile Web, those who use Facebook for Android can now click through and go straight to the Facebook app,” a Facebook spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal.

If a user were to Google search for “Hello Adele meme” through a mobile device, their results could potentially display a few Facebook deep links that, if pressed, would redirect the user straight to public profiles, pages and posts within the app.

Previously, Google was not allowed to index Facebook’s mobile app public information. Twitter recently also made its public tweets searchable on Google.

This could be a great tool for journalists who are looking for posts from witnesses of attacks or attendees at events. However, this could also bring up disconcerting content from people who are unaware they are being searched for.

In order to avoid being searchable, users have to make sure their posts and profile are private.

This is how to make posts private:

  • Open the Facebook mobile app, tap on “More” (bottom left corner), scroll all the way down and then tap on “Privacy Shortcuts.”
  • Once in “Privacy Shortcuts,” tap on “Who can see my stuff?”
  • Then tap on “Who can see my future posts?” and switch “Public” to “Friends” or “Only me.” Either of the last options will be considered private.

This is how to make a profile private:

  • Open the Facebook mobile app and tap on “More” (bottom left corner) and scroll all the way down then tap on “Settings.” A pop-up menu will appear. Tap on “Account Settings,” then “Privacy.”
  • Once in “Privacy” select “Who can send you friend requests?” and select “Friends of Friends.”
  • Now go back to “Who can look me up?” and opt out of “Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?” Once you press no, Google will not index your information.
  • To be extra careful and make a profile even harder to find, deselect “Everyone” from the following two options under “Who can look me up?”: “Who can look you up using the email address you provided?” and “Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?”

 

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Your Facebook Public Profile Information Will Now Appear In Mobile Google Searches; Here’s How To Opt Out

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