The infamous Cambridge-Analytica scandal rocked the social media website. It exposed the callousness of Facebook when it comes to user privacy.
To make matters worse, Facebook was also guilty of ignoring genocidal propaganda that resulted in several deaths in Myanmar. Putting all that aside, the social media behemoth is long past its glory days.
More and more people are realizing the drastic impact Facebook addiction is having on their social lives. So, if you have decided to delete your Facebook account permanently, I am here to help.
Note: Remember, it takes around 30 days for your deletion to be processed. You can log into your account anytime during this period and click “Cancel Deletion.” This will undo the entire process.
Otherwise, your existence on Facebook will be completely erased.
How to Delete Your Facebook Information
If you feel like speeding up the account deletion process, remove specific bits of data manually. Similarly, if you plan on continuing your relationship with Facebook, you can delete some data on the site that you wish to keep personal.
Facebook lets you sort out your personal history and customize the apps connected with the site.
To delete and manage your information on Facebook, you will need to head toward the activity log.
It is present on the “Your Facebook Information” page in Settings.
You will land on a page with a Filters panel on the right side. It lets you delete comments, posts, remove searches, and unlike your likes. One can perform a plethora of functions including managing data and apps connected.
Of course, managing and deleting the clutter of data on Facebook is a laborious task. Scroll below to learn how you can delete different forms of content on the site.
Managing Facebook’s Privacy Settings
Despite all its problems, Facebook does give us a way to connect and reconnect with different people. Hence, many users including me are not yet ready to give up on this wonderful platform.
Doing this requires some changes in our privacy settings.
To access the privacy settings on Facebook, one needs to navigate to the Privacy tab on the Settings page. It is filled with vital information.
Here, we can configure who will see our posts. It could be limited to Facebook friends, just the user, or to the public. There’s even an option to block specific individuals.
Is it Time to #DeleteFacebook?
Facebook has been swimming in controversies as of late. One after another, the privacy scandals have followed the social media giant.
At first, it was revealed that Facebook shared the personal data of millions of users with Cambridge Analytica.
Later, the world learned that the company was using a VPN called Onavo Protect to spy on its users. In fact, the information stolen through this app helped Facebook make their final decision about purchasing WhatsApp.
All this prompted the #DeleteFacebook movement across different forums.
Even Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp joined in after resigning from Facebook. Meanwhile, Facebook has undertaken tremendous reforms after gaining all this bad press.
The deletion process has been made simple and the privacy settings have been updated. Still, there’s plenty to be done.
Mark Zuckerberg, in his Facebook status, has highlighted all the ‘progress’ Facebook has made since Cambridge Analytica.
But mere words will not satisfy the privacy-conscious users. Facebook needs to bring more transparency. Perhaps a third-party audit is needed.
Till then, the #DeleteFacebook movement will rage on.
If you feel betrayed by Facebook selling your personal information for dirty money and want to delete your Facebook account, then I have put together a simple guide.
Or are you willing to give Facebook a second chance? Whatever the case may be, it is important to know what you can do to protect your personal privacy.
Be it an extreme measure like leaving Facebook for good or a moderate one like customizing your privacy settings.