You cant DELETE a Facebook Account- it gets deactivated NOT DELETED.
You have to delete photo albums one by one, but if you have a folder like profile photos or wall photos or mobile uploads (you cant delete these folders you have to delete those photos one by one)
So I had to delete 1100 friends, delete all Facebook Pages I created, and then download the account- (photos) which were now a more easy to download zip file of 92 mb. And I deleted all the 250+ Likes I had given to things I had flippantly liked- it was horrifying because if you accumulate all that info- it basically gives you a big lead in estimating my psychological profile- and thats not stuff I want to be used for selling.
Then I deactivated it- no like Lord Voldermort’s horcruxes you cant delete it all.
and Facebook shows you ads even if you clean your profile and your friends and can longer see any preference for any product.
Facebook treats data like prisoners – even if you are released they WILL maintain your record.
20 years later they would be able to blackmail all the people of all countries in the WORLD- by that much info.
And Linkedin is still getting deleted- I got this email from them-
basically if you have an active group for whom you are the only owner you cant delete yourself- you have to delete the group or find another owner.
If it took me 2 days to download all my info, and wipe my social media for just 3 yrs of using it (albiet at an expert enough level to act as a social media consultant to some companies)- I am not sure what today’s generation of young people who jump to twitter and Facebook at early ages would face after say 5-10 years of data is collected on them. Lots of Ads I guess!
- How to Disappear from Facebook and Twitter (time.com)
- My experiment in Facebook whitewalling – where I delete my account every time I log off (theblogconsultancy.typepad.com)
- Friendster Deleting User Data on May 31 (webpronews.com)
- How To Delete Your Files From Dropbox Before The Government Gets To Them (businessinsider.com)