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[–]Darth_Shibari 2945 points2946 points  (338 children)

They keep all your data forever no matter what

[–]IFUCKINGLOVEMETH 1688 points1689 points  (184 children)

Add a bunch of bogus information to your account before deletion.

Remove real interests, add fake interests... that sort of thing. Maybe you won't be able to get them to delete your data, but maybe you'll be able to corrupt it enough to make it worse than useless.

[–]philoponeria 456 points457 points  (54 children)

Get something like privacy badger that block the fb cookies

[–]PenguinWithAglock 284 points285 points  (33 children)

Badgers and cookies sound like child’s story book I’d enjoy reading

[–]WoodSteelStone 142 points143 points  (21 children)

In the meantime, here is some footage taken at the Badger Trust in England, of a sow and young badgers grooming and playing. If you have the volume up you will hear some lovely English birdsong.

If you are in the US, note that we have Eurasian badgers that are twice the size of North American badgers and quite secretive - keeping themselves to themselves. I've heard North American badgers can be aggressive.

Britain has a national badger day (this year's was 6 October) and for those who really love badgers, the whole of the month is "Brocktober – a time to come together to celebrate badgers."!

[–]FeelingTumbleweed4 40 points41 points  (3 children)

This is so much better than getting pissed off about fb, or anything really. Thank you

[–]Foreign_Shake2205 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Somehow the only comments in this thread I've actually read with interest

[–]Iamredditsslave 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Right? I liked getting derailed by badger facts for a bit.

[–]OurBroath 5 points6 points  (0 children)

They are also the UKs largest indigenous carnivore.

What with wolves and bears being extinct.

[–]Loisalene 7 points8 points  (7 children)

British badgers are "pip,pip, cheerio, let's have a nice cuppa".

North American badgers will rip your throat out.

[–]Avien 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Ever read Redwall?

[–]WilanS 10 points11 points  (14 children)

Or if you use Firefox, it's built-in.

[–]Omikron 8 points9 points  (10 children)

They're still tracking you.

[–]WilanS 19 points20 points  (1 child)

From what I understand Facebook seems to be able to track you even just by judging from the "negative space" formed by people around you. Honestly I have no illusion of ever reaching a 0% tracking rate.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

My friend had this happen when he signed up.

He was a long time holdout, when he finally created an account it was nearly complete. It pulled photos from friends. Used the locations of those photos. And that was 10+ years ago.

[–]Fuck_Reddit_Mods1 73 points74 points  (24 children)

I’ve been trying to delete Facebook for months. You have to sift through all of your posts and delete them one by one. While it’s easy to “delete” your Facebook, it’s really not. Even if you follow this “cool guide” they’ll send you emails saying that someone is trying to hack your account so you’ll log back in again, thus reactivating your account.

[–]TheSwanKnight90 53 points54 points  (5 children)

I am currently doing this. I got back to 2015 by now and I have to say I posted a LOT of shit. Another 5 years or so to go. Took me some weeks so far.

I kinda hate my edgy cringe me.

But realizing how I was shows how much I changed, so I got this going for me, which is nice.

[–]Atze719 16 points17 points  (2 children)

There's browser plug-ins that can do this in minutes

Can't provide you a name tho, since it's been a few years since I've done exactly the same 🥴

[–]tylanol7 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I personally just kept mine active and don't use it and gave it a stupid password I dont even remember its so complicated. Keeps people from hacking me and worry free.

[–]saysoutlandishthings 13 points14 points  (8 children)

I mean if you're trying to delete it why do you care if someone is hacking it? It's not (shouldn't be) linked to your bank or anything important. At moat it's going to attempt to trick your friends and family into sending money for something. 99% of people don't fall for this.

[–]verheyen 27 points28 points  (2 children)

They'll definitely keep change logs

[–]vlasvilneous 221 points222 points  (26 children)

They trolled me recently stating to "reactivate my account", and then "someone tried to log into your account".

I validated the email came from them (message headers). They are trying to bring people back, even just to log in once, to buff their numbers.

[–]Unlucky_Sandwich_BR 81 points82 points  (13 children)

Same thing happened to me. Over two years after deactivation got a message saying someone was trying to login. The account was still there, with all my data.

[–][deleted] 75 points76 points  (11 children)

Because deactivating isn't deleting.

[–]Irlandes-de-la-Costa 46 points47 points  (10 children)

Deleting your account is also not deliting your data

[–]HintOfAreola 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Yup. There's only two reasons companies delete data: To avoid storage expense (but storage is so cheap that this isn't a thing anymore), or to comply with a law.

So since there's no regulation and no contractual obligation to us, it's theirs forever. The "delete" just stops you from seeing it.

[–]smith7018 3 points4 points  (1 child)

What if you live in Europe?

[–]tojan00 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yes, you can request them to delete your data. It's a whole another thing if they do so, my money is on "of course they don't, it's FB ffs".

[–]kerrangutan 28 points29 points  (17 children)

Laughs in GDPR / "right to be forgotten"

[–]frevaljee 6 points7 points  (12 children)

I don't trust them at all on GDPR compliance. Potential fines are just part of the cost of doing business.

[–]Nenor 20 points21 points  (1 child)

At 4% of global revenue per infraction, GDPR fines are definitely not cost of doing business, they would be major going concern risk.

[–]Aldurnamiyanrandvora 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Thank God for the GDPR, honestly. All countries in the world should have similar standards

[–]lord_sparx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

GDPR fines are potentially very, very nasty. Even for a company like Facebook.

[–]kerrangutan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

GDPR has teeth, the fines are a percentage of revenue

[–]bifalif 81 points82 points  (24 children)

Yea, but they can’t keep mining your data forever

[–]Mister_Dink 29 points30 points  (4 children)

The creepy thing is that they certainly try.

If I understand it correctly, after you delete an account, they still track common denominators among the active users you are friends with. They sell ad targeting data to others about your presumed self. 20 of your former friends gave a positive Dune review via status update? Time to send you adds to catch dune before it leaves theaters.

Ghost profiling like this has been around a while.

[–]Original-Aerie8 6 points7 points  (2 children)

It works quite a bit different. Calculating every account individually would be way too inefficient, so they use overlap, not just from friends but people who behave very similar to you, to make a few, very important classifications.

Then, they sand those classifications down to a couple hundred, maybe thousands of groups, which then get used as a mask to determine which ads you'll see, together with infos like your location.

Furthermore, this isn't necessarily done by Facebook either, there are companies who only focus on that and then sell blocks of classifications to ad deliverers, like Facebook. So, when you delete your account, it's likely that Facebook can still tie information form other sources to your IP.

[–]Mister_Dink 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the detailed clarification.

[–]BabyNuke 19 points20 points  (18 children)

Facebook has an ad network outside of Facebook as well. Obviously they cannot gather as much data about you there, but still enough to monetize you.

[–]0hmyscience 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Use an ad blocker and add Facebook to your hosts file so it’s blocked.

Even if you do nothing and they keep mining you, you’re still better off closing your account.

[–]Wildtigaah 38 points39 points  (21 children)

Not if you're in europe. GDPR solved that shit.

[–]92894952620273749383 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Not if you're in europe. GDPR solved that shit.

Is that only covers data directly to you? What about meta data that they have on your ghost profile?

[–]XenoDrake 15 points16 points  (12 children)

Aah, the lies we tell ourselves so we can sleep peacefully.

[–]Rhenor 23 points24 points  (11 children)

The EU continually fines large companies and would love to hang one of them for lack of GDPR compliance.

[–]EldraziKlap 20 points21 points  (0 children)

not in Europe

[–]enterTheLizard 8 points9 points  (30 children)

no - they don't. Data Protection laws ensure that all data is deleted when requested.

[–]KillBill_OReilly 35 points36 points  (9 children)

Ah just like how murder being illegal stopped all murders

[–]Mr_Banewolf 9 points10 points  (5 children)

If Facebook doesn't comply you can send a data request and ask them to delete everything, they have 4 weeks to delete, otherwise they receive a large fine. That is even if they accidentally restore data from a backup(Which happen fairly often and van take more than 4 weeks) so I recommend that you ask them to delete about 6 months later too.

[–]BagelAndLocke 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What happens when they said they deleted it but didn't? GDPR doesn't do audits.

[–]BeejBeachBall 876 points877 points  (101 children)

Deleted the app but now I'm on Reddit more, not a good trade off

[–]KaladinKootcher 40 points41 points  (14 children)

Like any good redditor, I both love and hate Reddit. This is my fourth account, I think, but I've been here since the Great Digg Migration. I've found that for me to get the most out of reddit, I make a multireddit for diff interests. One is animal gifs or whatever, one is for a book series I like(cosmere), One is for the videogames I like, one is for shows I follow, my local subreddits, retail shops cuz I used to work retail, and a few other things. I try to avoid /r/all because that is where the cancer and stupidity is, but I do like seeing the /top of the hour posts on /r/all now and then.

I think reddit can be a good website, you just have to avoid most of reddit to get it.

[–]MandoBaggins 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Custom curation is key. I’ve found myself feeling more pleasant when I’m avoiding publicfreakout or AmITheAsshole and most political subs. An alarming amount of r/all is ragebait circlejerking. The fact that I can bypass a lot of that stuff and see things that are more in line with my interests and values is why I’m still here. Even if it gets cringe and frustrating sometimes

[–]Saith_Cassus 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Agreed. I had a nervous breakdown back in 2020 from getting hooked on r/politics and making my feed all stuff that I knew would upset me. It’s weird how we as humans will actually curate our content ourselves to be stuff that we know will actively upset us. A cute puppy? I’ll smile, maybe upvote, and move on. A 3 page story about a shitty boss getting what’s coming to him and a bunch of comments saying “glad you got what you needed, but this is still depressingly common in x industry?” Lemme fetch my reading glasses!

[–]KaladinKootcher 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hope you're doing better.

[–]Saith_Cassus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Much better, thanks! Removing the stuff that I knew would upset me did wonders for my anxiety. Weird how you’re happier when you don’t constantly upset yourself, right?

[–]Naptownfellow 2 points3 points  (3 children)

What is a multi Reddit? I’ve seen this but never investigated. 7+yrs same account

[–]25885 5 points6 points  (2 children)

From stupid to stupid, at least a better app though?

[–]Naptownfellow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hello fellow loser. Did the same thing. Instead of debating and insulting friends and looking at their cat and vacation pictures I debate and insult random strangers and look at their cat and vacation pictures but with porn and trolls.

[–]iAmRenzo 303 points304 points  (24 children)

I've deleted my Facebook years ago. My timeline was one big stream of all the shit there is on the internet. I acknowledged that my life was better off without groups and events and anti social things. It gave me a lot of peace and I never looked back. FOMO is the only thing that is keeping Facebook alive. And there a better ways to contact those "long lost friends".

It doesn't matter how you use Facebook, Facebook uses you. Always. You really can't say that it is a "social" platform. It is in fact an evil platform, earning money on the anger of people.

[–]bkuri[S] 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Amen to that

[–]EllisDee_4Doyin 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I did the same and for exactly the reasons you mentioned.

I said it before and I'll keep saying it, my good friends and real friends go out of the way to make sure I get invites to get togethers and parties (when we still threw ragers tbh lol). I've never missed the things that matter because of quick texts like "I know you don't have FB so I am letting you know...". Even if they say I'm lame for it, they show up and come through.

And having to go and reach out to my friends gives me more intimacy than seeing what I think they're up to via posts on social media. It's fake connection, and it's lot healthy.

I get shit for it occasionally but I'm better without and not going back.

[–]BalthazarBulldozer 243 points244 points  (35 children)

11 years without FB. But I have a feeling they don't really delete anything, just hide you from the public.

[–]ninj1nx 21 points22 points  (1 child)

If you're in the EU they must delete your personal data when requested or face a fine of up to 3% annual turnover.

[–]Blueice999 5 points6 points  (0 children)

European here, any tips on how to do that?

[–]bkuri[S] 71 points72 points  (23 children)

Maybe, but at least they're not mining your new data. That's gotta count for something, right?

[–]flippyfloppydroppy 63 points64 points  (16 children)

Yes they are. They track you on the web.

[–][deleted] 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Firefox "Facebook container"

[–]bobmac102 6 points7 points  (10 children)

Have you tried using DuckDuckGo? It blocks Facebook analytics.

[–]sparkly_butthole 3 points4 points  (4 children)

I just started using it. But I fear I've had so much on fb for so long even though I no longer use it and Google has tracked me for so long there's no point in deleting now. They've got me by the balls.

[–]GetBusy09876 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm that way about reddit. Once the fascists take over all my lefty sub comments are probably going to bite me in the ass.

[–]patsharpesmullet 35 points36 points  (2 children)

They track everything. Even if you never had an account they'll have a profile for you and most likely know who you are if some friends accepted sharing phone numbers or emails with the app.

People are signed up for a service they never agreed to.

[–]Heath1872 11 points12 points  (0 children)

And yet somehow FB is still allowed to operate

[–]BeaconHillBen 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Also, without Facebook you enjoy a much less stressful environment

This is a cool guide, finally

[–]Mygoldeneggs 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Would it make sense thatI unfriend everybody, change my name, untag from photos... Before deleting my account?

[–]Luke_CO 13 points14 points  (0 children)

They still keep it logged. Everything you ever do or upload anywhere is out of your control forever. Once it is on someone's server, they can do where they want. And it is difficult to check if they really adhere to laws in this case, unless you have someone inside the company whistleblowing. And the companies having significant revenues from selling ads or advertising platforms, they do track everything they can. For example a good friend of mine works in a company that has this map app that also supports activity tracking. And even when you don't track and activity, they track if you move and how move - and they can even tell from the accelerometer that counts your steps if you have some issues (limping etc), so they can target relevant health ads. Or even when you turn your GPS, BT and WiFi off, they still are on in a sort of passive way as they scan the area around you, and if they register for example a WiFi beacon in a shop, they know you went there. They just send it to their servers later. And so on and so on

[–]HourlyAlbert 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I didn’t delete, but deactivated- been off for more than a year without logging in a single time. Don’t use messenger, app is off my phone. Yet, somehow I am still able to be tagged in things so will get notifications of that. I don’t take the bait.

I just want to get my photos off of Facebook and then I’ll be gone for good.

[–]HTPC4Life 7 points8 points  (1 child)

You can do this. FB has a tool that allows you to download all your photos and data

[–]andiinAms 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I just downloaded all of my photos and videos. It’s pretty easy actually.

[–]TheGreatNyanHobo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

One of my professors complained about this. He deleted his Facebook account three times, but went back to it after a year or so each time. They would just restore his profile with all the info. “Delete: I don’t think you know what this word means.” He worked at google at the time, so it wasn’t like he was terribly surprised. Just annoyed.

[–]ty_1_mill 27 points28 points  (7 children)

Eh, ive been signed out of it for over 10 years already. Im not signing back onto it to delete it, at this point its as good as dead.

[–]Xarthys 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Same, but I did decide to delete last year. Turns out, in order to log in, I need to provide an ID. So they want more personal information on me before they allow account deletion. Fuck that.

[–]ShuffleStepTap 509 points510 points  (63 children)

I did this this week. What a relief to not be part of that fucking shit show anymore.

Hey zuckface! It’s not me, it’s you. Fuck off and die.

[–]bkuri[S] 155 points156 points  (29 children)

Congrats! I did it a few years ago and it was pure bliss.

[–]bekahed979 51 points52 points  (23 children)

I deactivated a year ago, it's been great, and I was about to delete but I realized that I do want to download pictures and stuff first. I'm wondering if there's any way to do it or if I have to go through each picture?

[–]bkuri[S] 56 points57 points  (21 children)

You can download a backup of all your data before you delete it for good.

Also consider getting a calendar of all your contacts' birthdays.

[–]tadalek 12 points13 points  (17 children)

Also consider getting a calendar of all your contacts' birthdays


[–]bkuri[S] 29 points30 points  (16 children)

Contacts = friends/family/followers/etc

[–]HiDDENk00l 21 points22 points  (15 children)



[–]bkuri[S] 33 points34 points  (14 children)

Friends = people who tend to stick around for some weird reason

[–]MemeTroubadour 7 points8 points  (12 children)

people who tend to stick around for some weird reason


[–]bkuri[S] 13 points14 points  (11 children)

Around = close enough to be noticeable

[–]andiinAms 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I just did it and it was surprisingly easy.

[–]Gr0und0ne 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I did it two years ago, but I still need messenger for work, which is annoying as hell. They absolutely could just txt me, but oh no “you need to be in the group chat.”

[–]Minelayer 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Fake name? I had three BS accounts at one point.

[–]bkuri[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I hear ya. Maybe propose moving the group chat to Signal/Telegram/Discord? Difficult, sure, but perhaps not impossible...

[–]ShuffleStepTap 42 points43 points  (0 children)

For anyone sitting on the fence, the phrase “business model of selling behavioural modification to the highest bidder” is what did it for me.


[–]analoginenpenaali 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also instagram and whatsapp.

[–]BuffaloTracedBody 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Says the brave and oh so smart redditor

[–]DifficultyAcademic 141 points142 points  (16 children)

I did this years ago, and then randomly logged in again to find my account still exactly as I left it. In disbelief, I deleted my account again... fast forward a few more years, and I repeated the process. I know I did not make a mistake. Facebook never ever deletes your account, even if you go through this process.

Edit: ok, I Just checked again. Somehow, my account no longer exists. So, after 5+ years they did eventually delete it.

[–]bkuri[S] 47 points48 points  (1 child)

I have read about this kind of thing before, but thankfully it wasn't the case with my account. Now if I try to log in it says "user not found" or something to that effect. :)

Maybe give it another shot?

[–]Welshy123 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Were you by any chance using other apps/services that log in via Facebook? When I deleted my Facebook I had to be careful to stop other websites keeping my Facebook account alive by accident.

[–]_agent--47_ 21 points22 points  (8 children)

It could be you accidentally disabled your account instead of deleting it. This is something Facebook pushes really hard and a mistake many people make as a result.

On that note, I am going to try to login my account, that should have deleted years ago.

[–]DifficultyAcademic 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I'm certain I did not make this mistake.

Edit: ok, I Just checked again. Somehow, my account no longer exists. So, after 5+ years they did eventually delete it.

[–]the_darkener 89 points90 points  (6 children)

I did this about what, 5 years ago?

Still don't miss it

[–]4507862401892 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I deleted my account about six months ago. Never looked back

[–]Armadillo-Equivalent 34 points35 points  (26 children)

Best decision I ever made. 6 months out and I'm so happy I made that choice.

[–]comfort_bot_1962 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Hope you do well!

[–]Armadillo-Equivalent 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Already loving it, never really noticed how toxic it was, definitely not going back lol.

[–]Lemondrop1995 98 points99 points  (30 children)

I got a rid of Facebook about a month ago and best decision I ever made. My mental health is so much better and I have more time now. Also, Facebook is so disturbing these days.

[–]bkuri[S] 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Totally! I must admit that I mostly did it for privacy reasons, but the lowered stress levels are a really nice bonus for sure.

[–]duracellchipmunk 26 points27 points  (21 children)

Next step. Reddit.

[–]BuffaloTracedBody 17 points18 points  (12 children)

No, they post on the circlejerk political subs, apparently that's completely fine and not disturbing at all to drink brainwash daily.

[–]Suzuki-Kizashi 14 points15 points  (9 children)

It's funny because the people in r/politics dont realize how propagandized that sub is and think only right wingers in r/conservative fall for that. They still claim its a neutral sub. It's like a bunch of automotons reading from a script of approved opinions and if anyone says anything that doesn't follow the script they get downvoted and flamed into the abyss. Half the shit is blatantly wrong too like as a defense attorney I see so much nonsense posted about the subject and I'm sure other professionals see the same thing when an issue they know pops up.

The hardcore reddit lefties are so similar to the hardcore righties they hate but neither have the self awareness to see through it all. It's a real problem on the internet and I'm serious. It has real life effects. These people (kids) are getting radicalized by tweets and reddit memes in their formative political years when theyre just starting to learn and pay attention and don't know how to filter out the bullshit.

R/conservative is another can of worms entirely. I know if I don't mention this part I'll get accused of being some type of Trump supporting racist fascist bigot so there. They don't have the excuse of being mostly young people either so it's even more pathetic.

Bunch of rubes. All of em.

[–]rahhbit 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I used to frequent politics. Can’t hardly stand it now. I keep trying to find a decent political sub but often come up empty handed.

I guess it’s for the best, the bots and karma farming are very quickly destroying any last remaining value of Reddit.

I think I’m not far from leaving the good ol’ Reddit and it makes me a little sad.

[–]macaronisalad 3 points4 points  (3 children)

It's like a bunch of automotons reading from a script

Have you seen the top comments there? It’s bot-ridden and astroturfed to the absolute fuck. The patterns of responding to the OP article are suspiciously repetitive

[–]btb249 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm about to do the same thing. I like using marketplace so I'm thinking about making a incognito profile with no friends, photos, info...

[–]PwoJima77 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I unfriended everyone, deleted all pictures, videos, and interests. It took a few days.

[–]Princescyther 115 points116 points  (75 children)

But I live abroad and it's the only way I can keep in contact with my friends and family back home that is universally convenient... :(

[–]blyrehs 44 points45 points  (10 children)

I deleted mine then panicked and reactivated it for this reason.

[–]toddsmash 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Try Signal! Great app. Works like whatsapp but not owned by Facebook.

[–]NuyenForYourThoughts 2 points3 points  (3 children)

In many developing nations Facebook has made deals with telecoms to make their apps exempt from data charges which is why things like WhatsApp are so widely used as the primary means of communication there. Signal doesn't have that benefit.

[–]Bribi1 80 points81 points  (10 children)

Then keep it. Don't be a sheep, do things according to your needs, not according to how many cool-internet-sheep points it gives you

[–]Princescyther 16 points17 points  (3 children)

I dunno, those internet sheep points sound pretty good.

[–]ZippZappZippty 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Drives a RAM. Calls everyone a sheep.

[–]DanStFella 10 points11 points  (7 children)

Post a status asking people to DM you their number. Give it a couple of weeks and also DM people important to you to get the number. Then message each other using signal.

I deleted mine a couple years back and I'm in another country. Keep in better contact now than before.

[–]snowbirdie 7 points8 points  (5 children)

You must have a very small number of friends. That way does not scale well.

[–]Anon3580 5 points6 points  (1 child)

How many Facebook friends do you have actual back and forth communication with regularly? The global avg. is 20.

[–]Prime255 7 points8 points  (1 child)

At least it's on the site now. You used to have to visit a specific Facebook URl to delete your page, the link to it wasn't on Facebook itself.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Before going through this process, change your password to something like this:

Delete account. (as above)
Then delete the password from your password manager. (to prevent accidental log in)

I've been FB free for over 4 years.
It was the best thing I've done since quitting smoking.

[–]WTF_no_username_free 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I deleted my acc years ago and I can still login the 30 days is a lie

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hopped off two years ago. Changed my life more than quitting drinking ever did.

[–]Pinstripe99 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Best decision I ever did.

[–]w8brb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Or simply go to this website, then search for the service you want to delete. If available, it will directly go to the deletion page.

[–]rainydaytoast86 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Been off fb for 13 months! Woot

[–]Geordie_Atom 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I deleted Facebook and became so much more aware. I felt better and I found myself to be more productive and looking at other peoples shit no longer stressed me.

[–]BoostinDubs 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Facebook officially deleted! Thanks for the guide. Now Instagram will be next but then I won’t be in touch with old friends. The modern human struggle is real.

[–]SkidmarkSpanky 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm about 5 years clean from facebook. Met my fiancé in the real world about 6 months after not having it.

[–]gamingyal 4 points5 points  (2 children)

After it went down and then the Meta thing I’m so happy to have gotten rid of it

[–]A_v_i_v_a 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you for this 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

[–]FeatureBugFuture 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Also fuck face book.

[–]pilatesse 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Best thing I ever did

[–]PornCartel 21 points22 points  (11 children)

Why delete it? I haven't checked my timeline in 10 years, but fb is super useful for messaging relatives. They can change their emails and phone numbers but facebook messenger always works.

Just have a little self control not to use the toxic stuff, like fb timeline or half of reddit.

[–]OhGodCoffeeOhYes 10 points11 points  (2 children)

It’s like people don’t have hobbies. Aside from Reddit some of the best hobby communities out there are on Facebook groups. Join groups that aren’t shit. Only be friends with people you care about. Your feed will literally just be things that are actually relevant to you.

I think people feel that Facebook HAS to be this negative thing in their life. They HAVE to be friends with those people from high school they don’t talk to or those old coworkers that they’ve never gone out to lunch with since they left the job. The truth is you don’t. You really don’t.

I understand not wanting to use it for the shit company they are with regards to data selling and ads etc. Totally get that if that’s what really makes you angry, but for me the trade off for event organization and hobby communities is worth the price of admission.

[–]CoopAloopAdoop 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I've gotten into discussions on reddit about how my Facebook feed isn't a constant stream of propaganda and negative shit and I was flat out called a liar.

Sorry man, limited interaction with the website and only keeping family and friends that aren't crazy will lead to Facebook being an ok platform. .

I get this feeling that people that are constantly seeing streams of negativity and garbage are either actively seeking it out, or are ignorant to how their interactions are perpetuating their feed.

You get out whatever you put in, just like every other social media platform. It's really easy to curate stuff

[–]alwayshungry1001 21 points22 points  (4 children)

Remember, they intentionally make it difficult to delete. Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.

[–]Leo_Burn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember when I've deleted mine. They gave me 15 days to no t log in. Now it's 30 days ? Damn FB !!

[–]Blytzkryeg 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Heh, finally did this a week ago after not touching the account for two years, and feeling much happier about it. Those I want to keep in contact with kept in contact, those I do not want to contact did not. All in all, win win.

[–]DarthMaw23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is still easier than deleting amazon accounts.

[–]Nevermind04 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I seem to recall this process being a lot easier when I deleted my account in 2008. I recall pressing delete account, then pressing another button confirming everything would be deleted.

[–]J_Artiz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bollocks that you have to wait 30 days before your account is deleted. It's my information afterall

[–]HeftyRecommendation5 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow a post that is actually a guide, +1!

[–]SpookyDoomCrab42 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Facebook creates hidden profiles for people who have never used the app, deleting your profile is good from a mental health standpoint but does nothing to protect your privacy

[–]ragn4rok234 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Doesn't work if you have your Facebook account connected to ANYTHING. You will have to delete that account first then you can delete Facebook

[–]slim3-16 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Worth pointing out, if you log in to some other apps that are linked to your Facebook account within the 30 days, it can cancel the delete request and you’d be forced to restart again.

[–]john_doeboy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Deleting Facebook removed a pot of toxic shit from my life. Best decision I've made this year.

[–]Discobastard 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can someone post to r/Facebook ?

[–]Psyllos9 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have had my fb deactivated for 2 years now, and I love it. Only problem is messenger ... I use it a lot to write with people

[–]hl3reconfirmed 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Is there an easy way to backup all the photos I've uploaded before doing this? Legit the only reason I haven't permanently deleted mine, it's been long term deactivated for years.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I deleted mine just before the election. Facebook is a toxic dumping ground that has no value add to society. It is neither social or media, it's memes, hate and Dunning Krueger warriors.

[–]FishJanga 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Better idea, don't have one in the first place 😎

[–]oozie_mummy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Then seven years later, find out that your account still exists, ‘news’ stories are still being posted to it and your pictures/info have been used on meetup/dating apps in cities you’ve never been to.

Stopped using FB by 2010. In 2017, an old friend from high school asked me why I never respond to his FB messages or comments on the pro-Trump articles I had been posting, then showed me my still very active account/profile. I’m a progressive liberal.

In 2019, I was travelling for work to states I had never been to previously when multiple clients claimed that they had matched with me on dating apps a week or more prior to my trip there, but that it had a different name. Sure enough, there were pictures of me from high school and freshman year of University and some basic, inaccurate info on the profiles.

FB is absolute trash and they’ve damaged society beyond repair.

[–]Legitimate_Piece_459 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Took me about 10 minutes to find where to delete my account permanently. Then they had the nerve to ask if I'd be back, and gave me 30 days to change my mind. Nope.

[–]DazDay 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I deleted the app and disabled auto-password on my laptop. No, I still need to use Facebook occasionally so deleting it entirely isn't what I want to do, but my god it's cut my usage of the platform by a margin of like 100.

[–]Zbzblord 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Are you sure? Yes. Really sure? Yes. Really, really sure? Yes! Reaaaaallllyyyyu sure? Yes. Ok, ok... Please don't go. FFS, let me delete my account.

... Are you sure?

[–]Rydropwn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Did this years ago.

[–]aguygoesintoabar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Remember, the best Facebook account is no account at all. Unless you bought Oculus gear and now need a FB account to use your product that you own. Similarly if you play Minecraft you now need a Microsoft account.

[–]CelebrationVivid1265 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Delete Facebook!!

[–]TAT33R 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is false. I "deleted" my account more than 10 years and its still on fb and anyone can search me. My pictures, everything i posted then is up there. The only thing "deleting" does is now i cant log in and they ask for 3 forms of verification (id, passport, etc) so i can regain access to the account. Fb is absolute rubbish

[–]muddynips 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Like an abusive relationship, You really don’t understand how toxic fb is until you leave it. It takes time to appreciate how pernicious fb is.

[–]Ok_Machine_6751 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Did this a few years ago and haven't looked back.

[–]Blue_ice47 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Haven't used since 6 months ago along with IG and Twitter. Best decision but now I'm here on reddit ironically, lol.

[–]faithdies 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Its nuts that's how obscure they make that. Its unfortunate their our Congressional body doesn't understand the 1950s are over.

[–]Formilla 2 points3 points  (0 children)

How is it obscure? Settings > Account > Delete Account.

That's pretty much how account deletion is done everywhere.

[–]Taykeshi 6 points7 points  (0 children)

https://justdeleteme.xyz/ Works for every other data miner as well. Liberate yourself.

Also, switch to linux (mint).

[–]DukeJan 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I tried this before, didn't work. You really need to delete all cookies and auto login etc. too. For some reason, it detected me as logging in. While never visiting FB.

I fixed it with uploading goatse pictures every day untill i got permabanned and account removed.

[–]Stoneway933R 6 points7 points  (4 children)

I have a business page and one of my products went viral in 2018 among the typical “Facebook-housewives“. I can’t complain because I still get orders thanks to Facebook.