Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it is removing a setting that controls whether users could be found when people type their name into the website's search bar.
Facebook said only a single-digit percentage of the nearly 1.2 billion people on its network were using the setting.
The change comes as Facebook is building out its search feature, which people often use to find people they know -- or want to know -- on the site.
Facebook, based in Menlo Park, Calif., said users can protect their privacy by limiting the audience for each thing they post about themselves.
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