There are many reasons people should delete their Facebook. As an engineer, I know how companies love to make money off of user data and more disturbing of late the news of how they are using that data to manipulate users’ political views. I don’t have a Facebook account or for that matter a Facebook owned Instagram account. I did have one for a short period of time to test the waters but quickly realized my privacy was being violated and decided to pull the plug a year ago.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal has many worried about their privacy. That is a great reason to delete your Facebook account or perhaps you are just sick of getting suggestions to the latest meal trend. Whatever the reason, it’s not too difficult to live a Facebook-free life. In fact its empowering and may get you to take up a new hobby, like write a blog!
Deactivate your account
You can deactivate your Facebook account which will make you invisible to your friends or search but Facebook still saves your account info. I tried this for a month and during this time I kept getting emails from Facebook. One day, I got an email from Facebook, stating my account was reactivated, without me specifically requesting it to do so. That was the final straw, I decided to take control of my privacy and pull the plug altogether.
Delete your account
Facebook has made it very difficult to delete your account. The option is not in you settings menu like most sites you subscribe to. It is located on an outside page. This is the link: https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account
When you choose to delete your account, Facebook delays deletion for a couple of weeks after the request is made. If you log in during the grace period, the deletion is cancelled. So the best way to do this is to delete your Facebook app on all your devices. Login to Facebook on a browser and request for a deletion. Once I submitted my delete request , I went a step further and deleted all my related cookies and saved form data on that browser instance.
Also, from what I read, Facebook still holds on to some data on deleted users. Although they claim it is not personally identifiable. Also their FAQ states that a friend may still have messages from you even after you delete your account. That information remains after you delete your account.
Facebook owns Whatsapp and Instagram and collects data from there too. So for a complete purge you need to get off those apps as well.