There has been a lot of discussion recently about Facebook’s policies concerning our information and what is and isn’t private (not much unless you opt-out). Here is the Evolution of Privacy on Facebook(or perhaps de-evolution) and Wired’s article, Facebook’s Gone Rogue: It’s Time for an Open Alternative. Fast Company also has an article by Gina Trapani about the Facebook settings that we need to check now.
Some people, however, have had with Facebook and just want to delete their accounts. So, here’s how to do it but be forewarned – it’s easier said than truly done.
- Go to Account > Account Settings in the top right navigation bar.
- On the next page the first tab is called Settings and the last section is Deactivate. Click on that to deactivate your account.
- Notice that it says “Deactivate” not “Delete”.
- According to Facebook, your account information will no longer be available to other users but your account still exists on their servers. (Are they still using the data?) They say they keep the account information in case you decide to reinstate your account. Then all of your account information will still be available exactly as you left it.
“If you deactivate your account from the “Deactivate Account” section on the Account page, your profile and all information associated with it are immediately made inaccessible to other Facebook users. What this means is that you effectively disappear from the Facebook service. However, if you want to reactivate at some point, we do save your profile information (friends, photos, interests, etc.), and your account will look just the way it did when you deactivated if you decide to reactivate it.”
- If you really really want to delete your Facebook account, you have to contact Facebook to do that. When logged into Facebook go to this page https://ssl.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account and click on the Submit button. They your Facebook will be really and truly gone (or so they say ;-)
I had an open profile before the recent Facebook changes. Almost anything on my profile was available to anyone except maybe my email address. So, I’m not as concerned about the changes as others are. I’m a little weirded out by the thought of the info showing up on other sitesand Facebooks apparent goal of controlling the Internet and I think the new settings should be opt-in rather than opt-out but I’m not as bothered about is as many are. I’m also of the opinion that privacy, especially online, doesn’t really exist.