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Facebook Users Can No Longer Hide Themselves From Searches

16 October 2013

There is often controversy surrounding changes that Facebook applies to everything from its site design to policy, but privacy and security are particularly sensitive topics for Facebook users. There’s a certain level of invasiveness that users have to accept if they wish to remain active on Facebook, as the site has access to all kinds of personal information, data and message history. However, Facebook recently revoked another form of privacy from their users: the ability to hide their profile from searches.

The privacy setting formerly called “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” provided Facebook users with the option to hide their name from search results from strangers, friends of friends, or everyone. However, Facebook has plans to completely phase out this security feature altogether.

Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Michael Richter claims the feature was prone to glitches and caused confusion for among some of the site’s users. “People told us that they found it confusing when they tried looking for someone who they knew personally and couldn’t find them in search results.”

How many of Facebook’s billion users will be directly affected by this change to the site’s privacy settings? As Internet privacy lawyer Bradley Shear explained to ABC News, “Even though only a small number of users used this privacy option, that can still mean millions of users.” Facebook confirmed that only a small, single-digit percentage of its users had utilized the privacy setting.

But for the millions of users who can longer hide their profiles from public searches, there are still a few safety precautions they can take to keep their Timeline as secure and hidden as possible. For instance, Facebook still allows users to select specific people from viewing their Timeline and users can still choose who can view each post that they share on their Timeline.

One of the most important things to remember when travelling internationally is that all cultures are different and have their own expectations of behavior in certain situations—including tipping for good service. North American tourists likely won’t think twice about tipping a waiter, taxi driver or delivery person, but there are different social conventions in place all over the world. To avoid an awkward and potentially offensive situation while travelling, follow our quick guide to international tipping.

Last week we looked at tipping practices in several popular Asian countries and in Australia, so let’s continue to explore the different tipping expectations of the popular tourist destinations.

Continent: Europe

Italy: Italians always tip in euros and usually tip of exactly 10%—no more, no less. Certain services, such as gondoliers who take you on a tour of the canal, do not require tips at all.

France: The French locals typically pay a tip of up to 10% on any restaurant bill; however, most travellers visiting the country are not expected to provide a tip for regular service.

The United Kingdom: Tipping practices in the U.K. vary from place to place and sometimes depend on how fancy a certain establishment is. Generally, tipping is not expected at restaurants unless service is amazing or the service was very personal, such as at a high-class restaurant, in which case a 10% tip is acceptable. 

Continent: South America

Brazil: Most Brazilian services do no require a tip in addition to the regular fee paid. However, many restaurants include a 10% tip for waiters on the bill.

Argentina: Similar to in Brazil, some Argentinian restaurants and establishments will include a 10% tip on the bill. However, in cases where the tip is not added on by the restaurant, the patron is expected to add a 10% gratuity. Tip in pesos, not dollars, and also tip your hotel bellboy.

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