After being on Facebook for years but not even logging on or looking at it for the last 6 months, I decided to ditch it. Of course, they do not make it easy, since their business is to collect information and resell it. Heres how I did it.
1. Get rid of links to all the info shared with advertisers:
Go to https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences. There you will see a list of advertisers Facebook shared your info with. Click the [x] in the box for each advertiser. Whether they delete your data is another thing.
2. Get a backup of all the data on Facebook:
Log into facebook on a computer. On your home page, click "Settings" at the bottom of the drop down list. Then, select "General." Under General Account Settings, "Download a copy of your Facebook data" is at the bottom. Click this and they will send you a confirmation email. The data follows in a few days. Whether it is complete or not, I doubt it.
3. Delete the Facebook account.
It's difficult to find this (not surprisingly. Do not select "Deactivate" - that allows Facebook to keep your data. The easiest way to get to the delete account page is to enter "Delete Account" in the search box on your home page. Click "Delete Account" and enter the password and captcha. Whether it is deleted or not, who knows?
Privacy, how quaint.
Posted by Gordon, No Hair Blog, Apr 15, 2018
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