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Facebook attempts to calm Graph Search privacy storm

29 Jan 2013
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Facebook has moved to calm users' concerns over its recently launched Graph Search tool, promising its upgraded privacy tools will allow them to control what information appears on the service.

Facebook released a statement designed to answer concerns over Graph Search this week.

"Before Graph Search began rolling out, we highlighted a set of upgraded privacy tools on Facebook encouraging people to review what they've shared," said Michael Richter, Facebook's privacy officer.

Facebook users were initially concerned information they did not want to go public, like photos, videos and past posts, would appear on the service.

"The upgraded privacy tools, and the reminder to use them, are part of an ongoing effort to encourage people to make choices that are right for them," Richter explained.

"Privacy works consistently across Facebook, not just on Graph Search. When you control who you share your information with, you determine who it's shared with across Facebook - including News Feed, timeline and in Graph Search."

Facebook said that Graph Search checks users' existing privacy settings before making anything from their profile searchable.

"You control the audience of information you share on Facebook. For each piece of content you own, you can choose whether that information is shared with Public, Friends, Only Me, Custom or specific lists of people," Richter said.

"Graph Search is aware of these privacy settings. Go to your Activity Log to review and control who can see what you share on Facebook."

Graph Search was unveiled on 15 January and promises to let Facebook account holders use the social network's user data to uncover things like their friends' favourite restaurants or song.

For a more thorough look at Facebook's Graph Search check out V3's hands-on review.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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