TECHNOLOGY -- October 10, 2013 at 8:49 PM ET
You can run, but not hide, from Facebook search
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Facebook announced Thursday that it's removing the privacy feature that lets users hide from the social network's search bar.
The setting was removed as an option last year for people who weren't using it, and Facebook's chief privacy officer Michael Richter said, in a blog post, that only a "small" percentage of the nearly 1.2 billion people on its network used the privacy feature.
"The setting also made Facebook's search feature feel broken at times," Richter added.
However, Forbes pointed out that, "when you have a billion users, single-digit percentages translate to tens of millions of people."
Richter also said that those still using that privacy setting will see reminders of its removal in the coming weeks.
The AP reports that the change comes at a time when Facebook is expanding its search feature.