Facebook is extending its Graph Search platform to the public, starting with the US, allowing users to search through photos and data shared with them by their friends.
The company said that the update would improve the accuracy of Facebook's search functionality, allowing users better accuracy when searching for friends and tagged items.
The release will be limited to users running the US English version of Facebook, though further rollouts are planned.
First introduced in January, the Graph Search feature allows users to view results based on their personal activity and preferences. Based on feedback from users, the feature will analyse queries and activity to deliver unique results for each user.
The company said: “Graph Search results are personalised and unique for everyone, based on what has been shared with them. For example, if you search for 'Photos of San Francisco', you'll see photos your friends took there and shared with you, as well as Public photos.
“This means if someone else does the same search, they're going to see different results because they have different friends, and different photos have been shared with them.”
While Facebook has promoted Graph Search as a promising feature for users, privacy groups have expressed concern over how the new feature could impact users. The social networking giant has attempted to allay those fears by limiting the Graph Search service to constraints based on users' privacy settings.
As it rolls out the new service, Facebook is advising users to check their privacy settings and limit access to the content Graph Search can access.
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