2504 Steps to closing your Facebook account.

(edit: Thanks Julien, for introducing me to the awesome destructive power of Digg.) ;)

Yes, it's true! I finally managed to close my Facebook account. It was a long, arduous road - the hardest part was slaying the Gorgon on level 16 - and I'm glad it's finally over.

If you, cherished reader, are wondering why I would do such a thing, then wipe those potato skins off the top of your Bananarama tour t-shirt and keep reading:

I already left Flickr, Myspace, Youtube, and most of the other similar web services because they want to eat our babies. The process was fairly straightforward for each of those (Though Flickr ends it with a pretentious fuck-off: "Thanks for using Flickr. See ya!" Whatever. Goddamn wankers).

Facebook, however, was a much more interesting endeavour. You see, you can't really close your Facebook account once you open it; you can only deactivate it, which I somehow missed when reading their 913 page privacy policy:

Changing or Removing Information

Access and control over most personal information on Facebook is readily available through the profile editing tools. Facebook users may modify or delete any of their profile information at any time by logging into their account [though we don't provide any means to delete more than one item at a time, which is about as enjoyable as having your nose picked by Andre the Giant]. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their Facebook account may do so on the My Account page. Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time [Eternity is reasonable!] but will not be generally available to members of Facebook and by 'generally', we mean sometimes, and by 'members of Facebook', we don't mean our corporate and government buddies named Clives or Dustin who come golfing with us on the second tuesday of every month, after the Freemason meeting].

Emphasis mine.

When I first wanted to leave Facebroke after seeing an ex-flame post ridiculous badly photoshopped pics of her in a bikini , I must've missed the subtle distinction between 'DEACTIVATE' and 'CLOSE MY FUCKING ACCOUNT YOU GODDAMN CAPUCHINS'.

Maybe it was a gremlin in the system, but I kept receiving emails from Facebook - I couldn't find out how to leave their subscription list. I kept digging until I tried logging in again with my 'deactivated' account. To my surprise, they sent me an email telling me how to 'reactivate' my account - meaning that Facebook still kept a copy of all of my personal data, indefinitely. No offense, guys, but what the fuck?

It's one thing when I choose to leave a web service (Flickr, Youtube) because I don't want them profiting from my content. It's another when they prevent me from leaving. Is this really the only choice we have left? Shitty web companies vs. shitty web companies that keep and distribute your personal data ad infinitum even when you request your account to be closed?

As it turns out, I had to 'contact' facebook and ask them how to delete my account, only to find out that I have to manually delete every single minifeed item, friend, post, wall writing, etc by hand, one-by-one, or else they will refuse to close your account. When you're a member of the Internet High Society as I am, you find that you have thousands of these items to delete.

Here's the complete transcript of the conversation I had with "Lucy From Facebook". You'll find me tedious, boring, petty, and acting like the douchebaggiest dick you'll ever know. In other words, it's just like meeting me in person.

Hello,

I've recently "deactivated" my Facebook account, but cannot find a way
to completely delete my account.

I would like all of my information to be wiped from the facebook
servers.

Please delete my account en related information in its entirety (my
account email address is steven [at] stevenmansour.com), or send me
instructions on how to do so myself.

Thank you for your time,

s.

Hi Steven,

If you deactivate, your account is removed from the site.
However, we save all your profile content (friends, photos,
interests, etc.), so if you want to reactivate sometime, your
account will look just the way it did when you deactivated. If you
do want your information completely wiped from our servers, we
can do this for you. However, you need to remove all profile
content before we can do this. Once you have cleared your
account, let us know and we'll take care of the rest.

Thanks for contacting Facebook,

Lucy
Customer Support Representative
Facebook

Hi Lucy,

I've removed all profile content from my account as per your request.
Now, please go ahead and completely delete my account
(steven [at] stevenmansour.com).

The procedure to close an account on Facebook is needlessly convoluted
and unclear. To bring itself inline with privacy policies dictating good
behaviour on the web (see http://www.privacyinternational.org/ ), it
would be a good idea for Facebook to give users a one-step option to
close / delete their account instead of just 'deactivating' it, which is
misleading (if not blatantly dishonest) to users.

Please let me know when my account has been completely destroyed.

Thank you,

Steven Mansour

Hi Steven,

I apologize, but you have not completely deleted all of your
information. You still have incoming and outgoing messages,
wall posts, mini-feed stories, friends, and contact information
remaining on your profile. Once you have completely removed
all information from your account, I will permanently delete it for
you.

Thanks for contacting Facebook,

Lucy
Customer Support Representative
Facebook

I'm sorry, but it is unreasonable to expect users to manually delete,
one-by-one, each and every bit of information / friends / "notes" / wall
writings that they've posted or that other users have posted on their
accounts. It would take me hours to delete each wall post and feed
story.

It would be far easier for you to simply delete my account - and asking
me to manually erase each entry is unnecessary.

At this point, you have two choices:

- You can stop giving me the run-around, and just delete my account so
that everyone will be happy, or

- You can refuse to comply with your own privacy policy and user
standards, in which case I will be forced to escalate this situation.

Please advise,

Steven Mansour

Hi Steven,

I apologize for any inconvenience, however this is our privacy
policy for permanently deleting accounts. I am unable to delete
your account unless you have personally removed all of your
information. You may either completely clear your account so
that I can finish this process for you, or you can leave your
account deactivated. Let me know if you have further questions.

Thanks for contacting Facebook,

Lucy
Customer Support Representative
Facebook

Lucy from Facebook,

I've removed all my private data.

Close my account.

s.

Hi Steven,

We have processed your request. Let me know if you have any
further issues.

Thanks for contacting Facebook,

Lucy
Customer Support Representative
Facebook

Now, most people won't get why this is such a big deal. But it is a big deal. Your personal data, especially on the web, is something that will be increasingly valuable to corporate and government interests - and increasingly important (and, perhaps, difficult) to protect.

I'm reminded of being at the SaveTheInternet.Com party in Memphis (Christ, what the fuck is a "YouTuber"?) where everyone was giving each other handjobs over how they spread the message about Net Neutrality and beat the telecoms with the help of Google and Yahoo. They didn't realize that they helped win the battle, but in doing so, they lost the war. They turned a blind eye to their supposed allies and failed to apply the same yardstick to measure privacy neutrality as they did to network neutrality. Google is ranked as one of the worst privacy firms on the net.

I don't know about you, but I like the idea of being in charge of my own private data, and controlling access to it accordingly. There will be lots of interesting battles fought over this in the next few years, so whatever you do, make sure you think long and hard about just how open you want to be with you own privacy - and whether others will treat it with the same respect as you do.

This handy chart should help you decide who to trust with you data and how to stay ahead of the curve on the interweb of the future:

2007 - 2008 Internet Web Food Chain

Comments

stevenmansour
Monday, August 18th, 2008
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Hi Diana,

You're right; you don't have much recourse when people post stuff - like photos of you - on Facebook. Whether or not you're still on Facebook doesn't matter either, because there's no way to know exactly what content of you is floating around within Facebook.

Try contacting them directly to ask them if they can automatically delete your profile for starters.

Incognito
Monday, August 18th, 2008
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hey
Your account has been disabled by an administrator. If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our FAQ page here.

how can i fix it

Mat
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
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after reading most of the comments on here ive decided to give FB the big FU. i sent an email requesting deletion of all my info. hope i get what i want.

mohammed ezzat
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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hi dear
my acount on facebook is disable by admin and i cant p[en it what i can do plz i need ur helping plz

Le Pew
Monday, September 1st, 2008
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So, here's a new one....I asked facebook to send me a mail on wot i have to do to completely delete my account. I finally got a reply with a link saying, to completely delete your account, click here...hey presto! Took me right back to my fb profile exactly the way i left it!

I was so angry and then amused and then angry again....

The struggle continues people....

Friday, September 26th, 2008
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I HATE FACEBOOK i didnt even set the account up ???????????? but ive just Changed my status to a link to this page. There privacy Policy is BOLLOCKS

stevenmansour
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
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Furthermore, at that point in time, Facebook and Google were in the middle of talks for Google to buy this cache of old information stored on the Facebook servers from Facebook.

It does sound a little far-fetched, but based on what we've seen from both of them so far, it actually wouldn't surprise me anymore.

It's a popularity contest. The same one you had in high school, only now you're showing off your diamond ring or your newborn instead of your Guess? jeans.

Thanks for your comments, Incognito. This is the message I try to get across wherever I talk about social networks. We're watching the slow commodification of our interpersonal relationships change the ways we relate to one another - in essence, we're handing over the power to Facebook and co the ability to mediate our personal relationships. I shouldn't need to be a customer of Facebook in order to be able to stay in touch and up to date with my friends.

Incognito
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
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Hi, I have a question regarding this:

http://www.new.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account

would this mean everything is erased? EVERYTHING?

stevenmansour
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
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When I click that link, incognito, I don't see anything about deleting accounts - just a generic contact page. Maybe you need to be logged in to see it?

Incognito
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
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Once you joined any applications on Facebook all your data is passed on to them.. even if you manage to purge your info from facebook there is no way you can delete your information from these third party FB application developers.

If you don't believe it, just make an FB account and sign up any FB applications. Then, copy down the your 'profile' page of that application. After that deactivate your account and 'delete' you account.

Make another FB account and join the applications that you joined before, then type in the profile page that you had copied down before and you will see that you 'deleted' account is still there!! The applications doesn't even know that the account had already been removed from facebook, let alone delete any stored info from the deleted account.

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
Incognito's picture

i never work with facebook i think this is not so intresting and i dont have many expirence with this
http://www.keyeagle.com

Monday, October 20th, 2008
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nice post

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
thingwarbler's picture

Great post, wonderful comments. Really interesting to follow the life of this thread over more than a year (that's pretty amazing longevity in an internet age of fire-and-forget). Facebook was useful to track down a couple of old acquaintances overseas that I genuinely wanted to get back in touch with and had had no luck finding anywhere else -- but now that I "have" them in my rolodex again (how quaint!) I have little reason to "interact" with them via FB. I send them email directly, we talk on the phone -- and we meet up whenever we can... fancy that, old school social networking. Call me ancient, but I prefer it.

I've had a pretty minimal FB account for a couple of years, and never really did "get" what the whole Wall, poke, game thing was about -- struck me as a weirdly plastic and inferior substitute for, you know, actually interacting with people.

stevenmansour
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
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Incognito, you're right.

Make another FB account and join the applications that you joined before, then type in the profile page that you had copied down before and you will see that you 'deleted' account is still there!! The applications doesn't even know that the account had already been removed from facebook, let alone delete any stored info from the deleted account.

A natural by-product of the application layer on Facebook is that applications can bypass lots of the so-called "privacy granularity" that Facebook purports to offer (thereby nullifying even that thin veil of privacy). Every time you use a new application, you're forced to "trust" that it won't compromise your data.

thingwarbler,

I share your views about real vs. virtual networking. I've written extensively about the outsourcing of our personal relationships to web companies, and the commodification of friendship.

Rolando B
Friday, December 12th, 2008
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Facebook now sells their user information to wink.com which in turn sells it to others including reunion.com the Mother WHORE of all data mining scams. Reunion.com uses this info as well as other to create their bogus "user accounts" that only exist for their(reunion.com) benefit. They in turn use these bogus accounts to entice new users making it look like they have an inflated number of valid accounts. In these bogus "user accounts" that they create, reunion.com lists critical personal information such as cities lived, relatives,(which may include mother's maiden name) and age information. Attempts to OPT out of reunion.com using this information which they should not even have in the first place are ignored. TrustE complaints have not resolved the situation, they merely rubber stamp any of reunion.com's responses and close the case, even though the profiles are still partially available on their search results. Deleting your facebook account in my experience does not remove your picture from wink.com and reunion.com. These companies have to be stopped somehow, or someone has to come up with a way to neutralize the information so it has no meaning, only to people that really know you. I have thought of flooding these web sites with bogus information about your own profile, and if enough people do it the databases would become worthless for marketing purposes... just some thoughts.

Incognito
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
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Looks like reunion.com redirects you to mylife.com that also caused me a lot of problems.

Nobody
Sunday, December 14th, 2008
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I found this while searching on how to find a deleted video once posted on FB. Let's just say that the video was not complimentary. The poster said he/she deleted it. Meanwhile, anyone who is a friend to poster could have seen the video while it was up, copied and kept or passed it on. Is it possible to find out if FB still has this somewhere? Thanks.

stevenmansour
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
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Rolando,

Do you have any links or references to back up what you're saying? I wouldn't be surprised if it were the case, but I'd still be interested if indeed Facebook is selling / sharing their information.

Nobody,

Short of knowing the exact link to the video that was posted, you can't really know for sure if they still have it or not. Consider it a lesson learned on why not to let stuff like that make it out to Facebook in the first place.

Rolando B
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
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I have all the links as well as screen captures. I have also kept records of all my correspondence with reunion as well as TrustE. As of today the problem is not resolved. After reading reunion.com privacy policy it seems that wink.com is owned by reunion.com, so Facebook shares their information with that company which in turns propagates it everywhere. I did an experiment with facebook to see how often they sell the information. Instead of deleting my account, I changed my name somewhat ( I'm hispanic so I have lot's of last names) and then changed my picture to a laughing Monkey, so far the old picture which was from an inactive FB account is still up on reunion.com, it's been about two weeks since I reactivated the FB account and inserted the Monkey. One last thing, I think this information sharing or selling between Facebook and the reuinon.com spammers is recent, because I have been fighting my privacy thing with reunion for several months now, and the facebook Pic just showed up. Steve, if you want all the detailed info Email me and I'll send it to you.

Nobody
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
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Steven,

Thanks I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Belive me, if it were my choice the video never would have been made, let alone saved or posted anywhere. It came from some disgruntled students with a score to settle against a staff member. Unfortunately, no one copied it when they viewed the vile video. If it had been directed at me, I would be persuing this in a much more vehement manner. As it is, other personnel are saying "kids will be kids" and they have done their punishment. Yeah. But thanks I do appreciate the info.

Narka
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
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Hi Steven, thanks a lot for your post, its very helpful! Just one question, you're saying you have to delete every comment you've ever made. Is there any way to have all the comments I've made anywhere (pictures, walls, etc) displayed in one place, or do I have to look through my friends' profiles one-by-one to find every(!) picture, etc I've ever commented? Oh god, I don't even remember where I have ever commented, there were groups I used to be a member of and then left, how can I find posts I made there? Your response will be soooo apreciated!!!

Incognito
Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
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Here is the delete link. It is different from deactivate.

First log-into Facebook. Then click this link:
http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081019074222AAo0ual

dj.r4iden
Friday, December 26th, 2008
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lol
2 days ago , i have uploaded photo on facebook , and delete it

i kept da link before that

the photo still in the facebook

stevenmansour
Thursday, January 1st, 2009
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Rolando - you're right. That is very interesting. I had no idea that Facebook shared such a large amount of the user's profile with reunion / wink.com . You should write up a post about this, I can't find much information about it anywhere.

Narka, I don't think that you have to delete every post like I did, anymore. In the comment below yours is the delete link which (supposedly!) deletes all of your profile, including your content. If you do decide to go through with it, please let me know how it goes!

dj.r4iden, that's disappointing. I thought that Facebook 'fixed' that policy of keeping caches of old / deleted accounts, but as you've shown, they still hang on to that data. A shame.

Mamalicious
Friday, January 2nd, 2009
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I felt the need to comment on this page, although I don’t normally take part in these things (rather than reading them and mumbling to myself) Anyways, I really enjoyed this posting because it really stirs up my soup. Let me explain…

When Facebook came out into popularity, like everyone else I received never-ending email requests from friends suggesting that I check it out. I attempted to not take part in the “new thing”, but after about 3 months of persuasion I decided to join it and see what all the excitement was about.

When joining I decided that I would not share the type of information that some have a tendency to do on Facebook because I found it astonishing what you could find out about someone online, I did not want to be part of that.

Long story short, I have been on Facebook for about a year now... On a regular basis I delete comments that are placed on my wall, and do not add applications that tend to get nasty such as super wall etc...

When I went to my account today to look at my profile I clicked the show more posts link and to my dismay there was posts that I have individually deleted, I seen posts all the way back from the first day I joined Facebook!

I have been deleting them one by one and now Facebook is not showing them to me although I have not deleted them all, I am not impressed. Not that there is bad things on the wall but I have ALREADY deleted them!

I do Anti-Cyberbully presentations around my city to enlighten students about their online privacy and how to deal with things such as cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking etc... I am absolutely revolted with Facebook.

I honestly feel that the major thing to do is to educate people especially our young so that they are aware of the types of things that can happen using applications such as Facebook, I am glad to say that I have helped many children so far in this respect and I will continue to.

Thank you for the good quality read...

Incognito
Friday, January 2nd, 2009
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Haha i didn't look to see that this was actually written a year and a half ago...

There is actually a new way you can delete everything in one go: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account

By the way your captcha is kind of weird...it seems (to my uneducated mind) that if this type of thing (math problems) were used a lot somebody would create spam robots that recognize math problems, and for the answer they would solve them. But i don't really know anything about this sort of thing so i'm going ot shut up.

stevenmansour
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
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Mamalicious,

Thanks for your comment. Your experience seems to mirror a lot of other folks'. The underlying premise about Facebook's privacy problems extends past what you could "find out about someone" online, but that you can't see what information of yourself is up on the network, without actually becoming a member. So not only is there the main issue of what someone could find out about you, but that you can't even see what information about you is out there.

You're also right that this is more about education - especially youth education - than specifically targeting any one social network. It's easy to use Facebook as a scapegoat. It's more difficult to get young people to understand why protecting their personal data is important.

Incognito
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
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You got it all wrong... We post because we know our "private data" isn't private. Why fight that which you can not control. You believe your in control, and I'll prove you wrong with a simple search.

Incognito
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
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Maybe because you don't live in the US. Trust me tho.. your secrets aren't secrets.. Should I give you a call?

Princesita
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
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HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

What happened to this Steve? He looks, dare I say, hipster?

Anyway, incognito + his picture are absolutely hilarious.

PS. I want pizza...

Incognito
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
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After a short talk with Steven, I agree. Some people aren't aware how much of there personal info is being shared online and education for our younger generations 18 and under I mean is needed. But some of that needs to fall on the parents as well. I choose to be open with just about everything because hey.. If someone can call steven after a 5 sec search then why should I try to hide.

Incognito
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
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Okay so I have read most of the posts on here, may have missed one or two, but I think I may have found the facebook loophole to having information deleted by facebook ASAP. Let me know if this sounds right.... I found in the privacy policy this following statement:

No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on Facebook. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at privacy@facebook.com.

So I am guessing if you contact facebook, let them know u have just found your son/daughter going under an alias (your account - ok so u are pretending to be your own mother/father) that u aren't happy and u want the info deleted instantly due to privacy...

Not sure if this has been mentioned previously, or if it would work, but according to their policy i am guessing it could.
Good luck all xx

Incognito
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
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Personally, I have grown sick of the entirety of the internet. I use it for info and I get bombarded with advertising or social networking. Bah! Right now you have the same talentless hacks working for and promoting social networking sites like Yelp and Facebook that worked for the absolute content-free sites back during the dot-com boom. They are typically some fool who couldn't hold a candle in a real survival situation, or truly responsible situation, or a situation that required them to progress, or any sort of episode that demanded them actually walking over and talking to someone. They work for companies that like to brag that they have a "Google" type atmosphere. Like it's f_cking Disneyland or something. "Our work culture is so great, because we are so entitled being better than everyone else because you work for a freakin icon!! An icon!!! Be proud!! Oh yeah you get a free snapple while we shuttle you to work in a Hummer limo from the train station. Lame. "Um yeah, I provide support for customers that have issues with the uploading of pictures on Myspace" And this gets you out of bed in the morning? F-King losers. During this economic downturn, take a look and introspect yourself to see if what you do helps you, or anyone else. I mean real help, not "Is this good for the company". And if not, just shoot yourself because your taking up valuable airtime.

Ayman M.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
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hello

My account has been disabled 7 days ago, and till now i'm not getting any
reply, from facebook team
My login is : ayman@lebsol.com

is there any one here can help me to get my account back,
coz i have business there and i don't want to lost it :(

Thanks
Ayman

IB
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
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This is freaking hilarious. I have many friends who "stay off the radar" for their own reasons. I used to think they were kooky, but after reading all of this, I think they may have more insight than I gave them credit for.

"Facebook ruined my life" That's my new motto!

Jeff
Monday, February 16th, 2009
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From Facebook..

If you do not think you will use Facebook again and you would like to delete your account, you can do this yourself by taking the following steps: 1. Log in to your Facebook account. 2. Click the “Help” link at the bottom of any page. 3. Select the “Privacy” link from the "Using Facebook" section of the Help Center. 4. Click the “I want to permanently delete my account” link toward the bottom of the page. Please keep in mind that once your account is deleted, you will not be able to reactivate the account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added.

Incognito
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
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Simple, dont join facebook in the first place you frigging losers. Get a real life with REAL friends.

Incognito
Friday, February 20th, 2009
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Hi Steve - very informative! The way you present yourself reminds me of my husband! Get my sh*t off the f*cking website or else! LOL

C in NH

Melanie
Friday, February 20th, 2009
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I guess I don't see the big deal. If you put stuff out on the internet via ANYTHING, it's public domain, no matter how "private" you think your page is. I've never seen a bigger bunch of whiners about privacy, when said whiners put themselves into the positions they're in. If you were THAT worried about privacy you wouldn't have signed up for a facebook, myspace, whatever account in the first place. Yes facebook should make it simple instead of making you jump through hoops to delete an account, but big freakin deal if your account isn't deleted. Again, if you were THAT worried about privacy, you wouldn't have signed up in the first place. I just don't understand it, seriously.

If you don't want your activities known, do not use the internet. Simple as that. In this day and age there's not many people out there who don't know that everything can be traced. So if you're afraid of that, sell your computer and call it a day. I don't know what else to tell you.

sweetpea
Saturday, February 21st, 2009
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Melanie, you are wise. The best comment I've seen here (I haven't read all of them, though). Most of these people seem to spend a majority of their time indoors, on the computer, safe from most of the bad things they imagine may happen due to their nonsense posted on all of these juvenile 'spaces' and 'faces' places. My attitude is this; go outside, do something that doesn't require high thought (or spelling). For example, go to the local Salvation Army and serve food once in a while. Go to a nursing home and challenge all comers to a cribbage tournament. DO SOMETHING fer christ's sake! Others have said it and I concur; "what a bunch of whiners!!!). Geez, allright I'll answer the math question straight.

RW42
Friday, February 20th, 2009
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Now I am paranoid about my Google checkout account, although I do receive a teeny tiny discount. I guess they are paying me to give them permission to spy.

People don't realize how powerful this incriminating stuff on the internet can be. I have seen people lose jobs because of what they have posted on social networking sites.

Let's say you witness a crime and you are called to testify agains the perp. The defense attorney looks up your FB or Myspace page and uses information to erode your credibility with the jury. The perp walks because you joined a FB group called, "Lying Liars and Those Who Love Lying."

or

You become a whistleblower regarding illegal government activities. Everything you've ever said or posted on FB is fair game. All forms of social dissent are completely quashed because everyone is afraid of being publically humiliated because their ex girl/boy friend posted unflattering information/pics on FB or other sites. The people no longer have control over their government. (Not that we do now, really, but...)

Look what happened to Levi Johnston, the guy who knocked up Sarah Palin's kid, when the contents of his social networking profile became public. I felt bad for him.

I saw some statistic recently that said a large percentage of teens on Myspace have information on their profiles admitting to some sort of illegal activity, such as drug use.

Instant loss of credibility when one is involved in the legal system as a witness or as a party to a lawsuit. Think about that!

Yazan
Friday, February 20th, 2009
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Hi,
I find your article very interesting. Although i havent understood why you would want to leave facebook. And another thing that tackeled me is that what could they use your information for? They cant really do much.
For instance, Yaay the know my name,, Yaay they know I am a fan of lewis hamilton,,
But do they really give a shit? Ok maybe they saw a picture of you and a couple
of your friends. How can they use your information to their value?
I heard, when you apply to some colleges, they immeidietly log in to facebook,
and check if you have one, and look for valuble information. But still, how much
value can they make of you being a fan of this guy, and a pic of you and a couple
of friends, and finding out what kind of music you like. The idea of them wanting
to hold on to you is pretty fucked up, but i dont see how they can really hurt me with
that. I honestly find it a very nice communication tool, plus i added all the athletes
who have facebook accounts ^^. (Rubens barichelo, kimi raikonen, Lewis hamilton, Felipe Massa)
''F1 drivers''. And its actually them, becuase i've seen them talk about it
in interviews.

Incognito
Friday, February 20th, 2009
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OMG...that was so good..I honestly can't stand Facebook..so now I know how to delete my account too..Thanks Steven

ana
Friday, February 20th, 2009
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I don't know, I see your point about privacy, etc. But the reality is, most of us just aren't that interesting...I don't see who is going to care about my information. Obviously, I'd never put my address, ss# or credit cards on there.

laughiing
Friday, February 20th, 2009
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I'm with Jaquan on this one, everything was just great with facebook until you realized that you willingly put your info out there and now all of a sudden cant get it all back. I recall a children's story that goes somewhat like this: A person said mean things about another, in the end she wanted to take it back, she goes to the wiseman in the village and he tells her to take a handful of feathers and toss them in the wind and come back 3 days later. She does so and then he tells her to gather the feathers again. She comes back disappointed because she cannot find all of the feathers. The wise man tells her of course not, you can no more bring back hurtful words than you can feathers from the wind.

Maybe you had never heard this story but it directly applies to you. You scattered your info like so many feathers and now you complain that the internet wont give them all back. Everyone that complains about facebook not letting them delete things or are worried about the privacy of the things they put on there should THINK before they post. I have a facebook account and I dont necessarily spend hours thinking about how everything I post will look to anyone I could possibly meet, but I will say that I am not ashamed of anything I have on there about me.

Incognito
Friday, February 20th, 2009
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I don't have anything on facebook to use against me so I'm not worried. It isn't rocket science to know that you don't put personal info where everyone can see it, if you're worried about strangers getting the info then only let friends see it. I think the people who are spasming out the most about this are the ones, who in 10 years, will be wanting a govt. job and can't get it because they put shit on their facebook page...or myspace. I don't put anything on there that my family can't see or read. Great article, I loved it

stevenmansour
Friday, February 20th, 2009
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Ok, I will try to reply to most of your questions and comments so far here:

Incognito #1 wrote:

So I am guessing if you contact facebook, let them know u have just found your son/daughter going under an alias (your account - ok so u are pretending to be your own mother/father) that u aren't happy and u want the info deleted instantly due to privacy...

Sure, they might close your account if they suspect that a minor was using it, but there is no way to know whether they really deleted all your content or if they're hanging on to it. But really, do we need to resort to impersonating a child in order to get a simple account closed? Don't answer that.

Incognito #2 wrote:

"Um yeah, I provide support for customers that have issues with the uploading of pictures on Myspace" And this gets you out of bed in the morning? F-King losers. During this economic downturn, take a look and introspect yourself to see if what you do helps you, or anyone else. I mean real help, not "Is this good for the company". And if not, just shoot yourself because your taking up valuable airtime.

Nice rant - I share the sentiment. We live in a pretty crappy generation where people assign themselves worth because of the company they happen to work for.

Ayman M. wrote:

My account has been disabled 7 days ago, and till now i'm not getting any
reply, from facebook team
My login is : ayman@lebsol.com

is there any one here can help me to get my account back,
coz i have business there and i don't want to lost it

Sorry Ayman, I don't work for facebook so i can't help you with that.

IB wrote:

This is freaking hilarious. I have many friends who "stay off the radar" for their own reasons. I used to think they were kooky, but after reading all of this, I think they may have more insight than I gave them credit for.

"Facebook ruined my life" That's my new motto!

I don't stay off the radar all that much - I just prefer to stay in control of the radar station as much as possible. ;)

"Facebook ruined my dinner" would be an awesome name for a hipster indie rock band.

Jeff wrote:

4. Click the “I want to permanently delete my account” link toward the bottom of the page. Please keep in mind that once your account is deleted, you will not be able to reactivate the account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added.

Thanks Jeff - but will this permanently erase all the content associated with the deleted account as well?

Incognito #3 wrote:

Simple, dont join facebook in the first place you frigging losers. Get a real life with REAL friends.

Heh, I agree that for most people, Facebook isn't worth the effort they put into it, and that social networks in general are a big waste of time - for me. But for those who choose to use the service, it's worth thinking about how to improve the protection of their own privacy, even if I'm not on it. These things will continue to surface and it's all about making sure that the precedents we set now are the right ones we want for the future.

Incognito #4 wrote:

The way you present yourself reminds me of my husband! Get my sh*t off the f*cking website or else! LOL

I've got my shit spread on different website all over the internet - that's not my problem. I'm more concerned with being informed about how it gets used and shared without my consent, and that's where Facebook falls flat. Your husband sounds like a cool dude! :)

Melanie wrote:

I guess I don't see the big deal. If you put stuff out on the internet via ANYTHING, it's public domain, no matter how "private" you think your page is.

I think I know what you mean, but your use of the term "public domain" is ambiguous in this case. If you're saying that "anything uploaded to the internet can be accessed by anyone", then fine - but you're missing the point, Melanie. Sure, anything on this here blog is accessible by anyone, on my own terms. However, things on Facebook are not accessible to me because I'm not a member, because they've managed to build this walled garden where people can feel safe about sending up their content and making it only accessible by their friends, and not the public... except that it's far more than your friends who have access to it.

If you were THAT worried about privacy you wouldn't have signed up for a facebook, myspace, whatever account in the first place. Yes facebook should make it simple instead of making you jump through hoops to delete an account, but big freakin deal if your account isn't deleted. Again, if you were THAT worried about privacy, you wouldn't have signed up in the first place. I just don't understand it, seriously.

Not everyone knows better, and most people - myself included - just signed on because "all our friends were on it". It *is* a big deal if your account isn't deleted, and the fact that Facebook didn't make this clear at registration doesn't speak well for what they intend to do with the data. I don't understand what you don't understand, seriously.

If you don't want your activities known, do not use the internet. Simple as that. In this day and age there's not many people out there who don't know that everything can be traced. So if you're afraid of that, sell your computer and call it a day. I don't know what else to tell you.

Sure Melanie. If you don't want your activities know, don't go to work. Don't visit friends. Hell, don't even step out of your house. Arguments like that are very fatalist and passive. What is wrong with educating people about their rights and illuminating deficiencies in the system in the hopes of fixing things?

RW42 wrote:

You become a whistleblower regarding illegal government activities. Everything you've ever said or posted on FB is fair game. All forms of social dissent are completely quashed because everyone is afraid of being publically humiliated because their ex girl/boy friend posted unflattering information/pics on FB or other sites. The people no longer have control over their government. (Not that we do now, really, but...)

Sure - remember that credibility is always just a lack of available incriminating data. I have lots of potentially incriminating information about myself spread around the internet, but the difference is that I'm aware of it. Kids post things to facebook that they think only their friends will see, blissfully unaware that 10 or 20 years down the line it will be used against them if it needs to be. Again, it's the illusion of privacy controls that Facebook offers that I have a problem with.

Yazan wrote:

I find your article very interesting. Although i havent understood why you would want to leave facebook. And another thing that tackeled me is that what could they use your information for? They cant really do much.
For instance, Yaay the know my name,, Yaay they know I am a fan of lewis hamilton,,
But do they really give a shit? Ok maybe they saw a picture of you and a couple
of your friends. How can they use your information to their value?
I heard, when you apply to some colleges, they immeidietly log in to facebook,
and check if you have one, and look for valuble information. But still, how much
value can they make of you being a fan of this guy, and a pic of you and a couple
of friends, and finding out what kind of music you like.

1) What do you get out of adding these "friends" on Facebook? Does it help you feel cooler?

2) They could do a lot with your information, Yazan, especially the way it's structured on Facebook. Say one day, one of your Facebook friends whose wall you write back and forth on goes and does something stupid and is arrested. Then a few months later you get bored of Facebook and decide to stop using it. Then 5 years later you apply for a job, and they look you up on Facebook only to find that you were friends with this dude 5 years ago - guess what? That doesn't reflect well on you.

That's a pretty lame example, but don't underestimate the value of the sum of little bits of information about you that might seem insignificant at first.

ana wrote:

But the reality is, most of us just aren't that interesting...I don't see who is going to care about my information. Obviously, I'd never put my address, ss# or credit cards on there.

See above re: value of information. Facebook collects things like location, your interpersonal relationships (what's more valuable than that, really?), political views, groups you belong to... with even a fraction of this stuff you can build quite a complete profile on anyone. And I'm sure you're very interesting! ;)

Jaquan wrote:

How about you read the user agreement before you actually use the service there genius. Your just mad cause they out smarted you. You clicked agreed and now your pissed cause you agreed. You dont tell someone how to ruin there service dumbass, they will run it how they want. Your just a bitch. If you dont want to have your personal info up then dont put it up in the first time and deal with the one by one deleting, you agreed to it jackass.

Whoa there skipper - I had a hard time reading your comment because of the typos / bad english / lack of structure. It sounds like you're the one who's mad - I was just pointing out how silly it was that Facebook makes you do all this to close an account. Aaaaaaand... I'm done replying to someone who doesn't know the difference between "your" and "you're".

Now that's maddening! :p

wondering
Saturday, February 21st, 2009
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Guess I havent made the same mistake once. The only social network I belong to are the friends I meet with for lunch.

Incogfuckingnito
Saturday, February 21st, 2009
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Perhaps more people should be activating FaceBook accounts that give totally false information about themselves and changing their email contact address to president@whitehouse.com.

Sparky
Saturday, February 21st, 2009
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I love my facebook.

They can keep all my personal data. Someday it may be worth alot (and I mean ALOT) of money.

Or some e-geek executive from FB will steal my identity and use it to make fake passports.

Either way, I can still poke, and be poked , and really, this is truly the spice of life is it not?

I want Lucy's job.

Incognito
Saturday, February 21st, 2009
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Hm... the best way to circumvent Facebook is to do what I did, use a fictitious name and an email addy also registered to that name.
(through an anonymous server)
Pretty hard for them to figure out who I really am! lol
Only my "real" friends know me.

Dianora
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
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I use so many fake names and have so many "fake" email adressess, Ive forgotten who I really am.......so I guess privacy isnt an issue. Oh, and its kind of ironic that a post warning about lack of privacy of one site, requires me to give an email address and name...life is just full of delicious moments...

Saktana
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
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Facebook is a fuckin bitch. It's like they have me on a damn 14 days waitin list to get my fuckin account deleted? are they really so desperate to maintain their ranking in the top social networking webring? what fucking jackasses.

Vasily Zaitsev
Friday, March 6th, 2009
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It goes a lot deeper than just facebook...

http://www.encrypt-the-planet.com/optout.htm

...And they did link here. I closed my Facebook after reading all this. Thanks for the info! Now all I need to do is concentrate on all the others from that link. What a mess.

Monday, March 9th, 2009
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Haha - yeah I managed to cock up the deactivation process a few times myself! It is a case of slashing dragons on the way out innit!

I just closed my facebook account 2 weeks ago and I was a HUGE user, totally addicted, 2500+ tagged photos of myself and 254 albums. Sad I know, but then that's that name of the game over there.

The thing that tipped the scales for me though was the rise of a new type of spamming, where people write notes and tag-spam you with them. They answer some crappy chain mail which instructs them to tag 25 of their friends and talk bullshit.

I view tagging is a highly personal thing on facebook, and usually I presume that as I was tagged by someone who is a friend, there must be something vitally important to me in it, or perhaps I am IN the note they send me.

But no, invariably I'm not in there at all, but it's some self-obsessed monologue or some other chain crap, that, if it were in my email I would disregard.

By tagging me in it, it catches my attention and wastes my time. Why would people I have chosen to call my friends send me spam? I have no idea.

As a result of this constant spamming by people I thought in real life were not morons, I decided that it was better to remember my friends as people that I actually like and respect, and not as idiots who send me crap that wastes my time, and so the decision to close my facebook account was made.

I must admit it's been the best decision I've ever made, and although I sometimes think it would be respectful to open my account again and make it easier for my real friends to contact me again, I figure that if they really did want to contact me it's no real effort to pick up the phone or open their email program.

Alternatively they could (and you could) send me a REAL post to post on my REAL wall, at www.myrealwall.com where I decided to post REAL letters. Anyone's welcome to post on my REAL wall, but I can almost guarantee that the cost of a stamp and the effort of having to put pen to paper will deter most people.

Franklin
Monday, March 9th, 2009
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Hey nice article and thanks for speaking out against the corporate fascists. I was wondering if you came across this problem: Several years ago I created a facebook profile with my college email address which was a requirement back in the day. For reasons unknown I was unable to log back in ever, so I used it maybe once or twice. Now at least four years later I created a new account with a different email which is a no no to facebook. After checking up on some long lost 'friends' I discovered that my old facebook profile is still there collecting dust and since I can't log in with my old college email, I can't even deactivate it! It just sits there suspended in time. I've sent around four or five emails so far with no luck. I think it will be there forever unless maybe I can break into their headquarters, hack their mainframe, and/or just burn the place down (j/k) but it seems reasonable compared to sending emails to 'Marc' of user operations of facebook. Anyone out there know of a remedy. I guess I could file a lawsuit.

Franklin
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
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Oh man I think I just scored a deactivated account! Yes it only took six emails! Victory is mine? Oh well back to square 1. I owe somebody credit but I'm not sure who? I'll just thank all you folks. Thanks and happy spring reset your clocks ahead one hour day.

MM
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
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since andy warhol said: "Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes", facebook provide a chance for everyone to, on so many levels, expose themselves to the world. it's frigtening.
I am on facebook, don't want to sound hipocrit, but I hate exibitionism that facebook, more than every other site, makes posible.
It was fun at the beginning, it's sad now (and, did I mentioned frigtening).
anyway, you made me laugh, and i think you are right :).

and sorry for my englis, it's not so good.

Dr Gonzo
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
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I really admire your persistency. Concerning Facebook I have given up - I´m letting them keep my account for ever. But I don´t worry too much about it. Because since I never trusted communitys like that I always give them incorrect information, false name, false email etc. And the funny thing is that friends of mine that use Facebook they send all their messages, photos and stuff straight to my personal email address, because they know it will not reach me if they use Facebook.
And all my true friends have my personal email address. The rest are not my friends.
The last thing I need is people I haven’t talked to in 20 years being able to find me.
Which brings up the question why does Facebook exist in the first place ...

stevenmansour
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
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The only social network I belong to are the friends I meet with for lunch.

That's the only kind you need. :)

Oh, and its kind of ironic that a post warning about lack of privacy of one site, requires me to give an email address and name.

You're not required to give anything. Stay anonymous and give a fake email address - unlike on Facebook, your lack of disclosure doesn't prevent from commenting on my blog.

Ah this is the United States of who gives a shit man. I joined facebook nation just like everyone else.

That already says so much about it, doesn't it? :)

Cleo
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
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That was very informative...
How exactly can I contact a Facebook representative? Thanks

Georgia
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
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Hi there,

Enjoyed reading about your battle to leave Facebook. I have just done so, seems they have now updated the way it works and you can PERMANENTLY delete your account at the click of a button. I got a message saying that the process would take 14 days, if I log in in the meantime it will cancel the deletion process. However, I don't trust the people at Facebook, and I have come across a couple of users saying they had permanently deleted their accounts but posts still remained on their friends' walls etc. Do you know anything about this? Now I'm thinking I might have to log back in and manually delete everything before I "permanently delete" my account again. I tell you, I would never have signed up for Facebook in the first place if I had known what a bunch of vampiric ghouls they are.

Keep up the good work!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
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Hey man, great page.
I linked it on my site - for who wants to escape from face-FACK-book.

Best regards.

Matt
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
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One of the funniest things I've read in ages, great write up.
"We suck so hard it tears away at the very fabric of time and space." lol
Also couldn't stop laughing at the pwned collage.
Feel very relieved to have left the black hole!

Dmitry
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
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ok i have found the PERFECT SOLUTION!

I know its a link to facebook but check it out, its awesome! It deactivates ur account for 2 weeks and then completely deletes it! :)

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16929680703

Direct link: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account

adi
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
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I hate facebook. i can't close or delete my account. i already try every ways from the internet, including this http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16929680703

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
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Death to Facebook and all corporate fat cats who dine on the blood of our children!! Haha, very entertaining, but seriously down with Facebook, people need to wake up a little, and get their friggin heads out of their friggin a holes. Me me me me. F off.

Cheers again

Steve
Sunday, June 28th, 2009
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One of the things I'm curious about, is how long is information about you really kept? I am sure that at some point (perhaps like 5-10 years?) Information about you for data warehousing would be useless (by useless I mean no companies would want to buy the information that old), except for perhaps the government. So I wonder if Facebook and Google and Myspace indefinitely log all of your information, or if after a while they clean out their databases so they don't have to waste money holding out of date information?

KBE
Sunday, June 28th, 2009
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I read this post after finding a link from a New York Times article. I've been contemplating deleting my FB page for a variety of reasons. Some of the comments left on this post say that now you can easily delete your FB account. Do you know if the process has been made easier and if it truly does delete your info? Or do you have to still go through the process that you went through? Thanks for your help.

هديل زاهر
Sunday, July 5th, 2009
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حطيت كلمة السر صح والبريد كمان بس بيضل يحكيلي خأ

Dan
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
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Hi, yes I remeber the nightmare of closing my facebook account. Hilarious.

Now, if you're the crusading type, can you help me close my ebay account?

I have had no sales for over a month, all transactions complete and happy, no loose ends, no listings.

I go on there today, pay off any remaining fees and press the 'close my account' button.

I go through an endless ream of crap.

I finally get to the button which says 'confirm close account' and press it.

It says 'come back in 30days' as you've just paid us off.

Nothing is closed.

The account is still available to the world as per normal.

I've got to set a date in my diary in the distant future to remember to come back and tell them to eff off.

Why are internet companies allowed to do this?

as you say... JUST CLOSE MY FRIGGING ACCOUNT YOU EFFING WHACK JOBS!

Any means of action we can take against these loony bins would be greatly accepted if you know of any.

Dan.

Incognito
Monday, July 13th, 2009
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I know, I'm a little late with the idea... I don't even know if the staring of this blog stills logging in; but,

What you guys should do, is get the books written by this 'darlings' (Facebook owners: Zuckerberg, Thiel, Cox and all there gang) and, as victims of Facebook, begin the "study of the enemy". That's what I would do if I wasn't a third world country someone, and those essays of the "free world of tomorrow" were edited in my (poooor) country.

Funny stuff,

Amaranta Buendía.

spammy mCgee
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
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I too joined facebook to find people that I lost touch with only to realize there is a reason I don't talk to these people. I have started a habit of logging in to remove any post or message to me on my wall or anything. I will be deleting the account tonight.

Incognito
Sunday, July 26th, 2009
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Thank you so much for sharing this story and for the helpful advice on protecting our privacy. I've just "deactivated" my facebook account via one of the helpful links someone posted in the comments. Upon deactivating, the message states that if I do not try to log in again to my FB account in the next fourteen days (which I will not), my account will then be permanently deleted. Thank the lord, because the lack of anonymity/protection online is utterly frightening.

Thanks again for this helpful post.

hard2miss
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
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Hahaha thats nothing, I never even made a facebook account, someone else did and used my email address.

I did not even know until I went to view my emails and had loads from facebbok friend requests and one from facebook with confirmation links (all un opened)
I contacted facebook to say it was a bogus account and they said this

Hi, Please reply to this email to verify that you are the owner of the account that you referenced in your Facebook support inquiry. This security step must be completed before Facebook can respond to your inquiry. We apologize for any inconvenience. If this email address is not associated with your account, please reply to this email from an email address that is associated with your Facebook account, ensuring that this email is in your response (this may require you to copy and paste this text if your email client removes this email from your reply). Thanks, The Facebook Team

It was not a confirmed account as I had not confirmed anything. So I clicked the second link in the confirmation email from them that said...
Think these notification emails are for someone else? To report this account, go to: blablabla

This brought up a facebook page with another link which came up with "page connot be displayed"

so I went back and recomplained only to get this reply...
Hi, Our records indicate that there is currently a confirmed account associated with this email address. Please try to log in at www.facebook.com with your login email address and password. If you successfully access your account and the matter is resolved, no further action is needed. Please reply to this email only if you continue to experience an issue. Thanks, The Facebook Team

THE BASTARDS !

they put 2 links it seemed that made you confirm the account !

I dont want it, have never wanted it and dont know how its come about me having it but now it seems Im tied to this feckin facebook account.

Thats why I am here now, still looking for a way out.

martin
Saturday, October 24th, 2009
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hy steven - well, dont you have then all the necessary information to "reestablish" the password, let it send then to your email, access FB & cancel the site? unless that stalker allready changed the email. Anyhow i guess (if im not wrong), someone allready told you so.

Found your site because i needed help because of the opposite matter, havin a monkey because i can not get back in2 my account & your site is NR1 in google with that Facebook-txt

well then...........

Charmangel
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
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Dude. I just sat here for like 26 hours and deleted all that shit off my facebook. It totally pissed me off. This is how you know facebook is the fucking feds, cause they retain all of your info. Whats lucys email, so she can delete my shit permanently?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
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Me: Please delete my account
Them: Your account has been deleted
Me: Please empty your recycle bin
Them: That's against our policy, you might want us to restore stuff.
Me: I don't want you to restore anything.
Them: You might want us to later.
Me:I don't want you to later. Ever.
Them: One day, you might want us to.
Me: I don't ever want you to.
Them: One day you might, so for your sake, we'll save your account just incase.
Me: Does not compute.

shutthefuckup.
Saturday, September 12th, 2009
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that was directed @ some asshole on page 1 btw saying they had friends IRL... cha right looooooser.

Incognito
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
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You're gonna love this one. Facebook, youtube...

I deleted or deactivated my facebook account a few years ago. I did not go through the steps. I figured it's gone and done.
Here we are in 2009. Search my name in Google... There's all my connections, and there's my picture. But the account was closed. So I was able to reactivate, delete all the connections and what ever else I can. Then deactivate. But now as I understand after reading this page, the account still needs to be deleted. And will take a long time. So far a few links are removed grom Google search, but the cached link still tags me to the profile and there's my picture. I hope they crawl soon and update.

Youtube...
Google my name, and a few links come up of sites I never heard of. Not even in the USA.
They crawl for videos and tag names. Use the embeded code on thier site. I did tag my you tube videos with my name. Big Mistake... Who knew?? But after I saw what's been going on, I deleted all my vids and closed youtube. So the links are still trickling off of Google. But some of the sites, still have my name name.html on their site, but no music videos. Cause the code is gone. So now I must write to every site I find, ask them to remove my info, and hope they do.

And here's the kicker.....

My girl broke it off with me. She thought I was still chatting in facebook...

Incognito
Sunday, November 8th, 2009
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those sneaky bastards they can go drink a cup of acid then have their eyes removed and poached on a fire then make them eat them

James
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
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I hate to put a damper on this entire article, but facebook does have a delete option... Although difficult to locate, it DOES exist, and has worked for me. I was notified that all of my information would be cleared after 14 days of inactivity.

http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account

This worked for me, and it should work for everyone else.

I had to google before I found this information, couldn't find it through facebook. At first, I didn't trust it, as I couldn't find it within the actual site, and the url was slightly different, but it should work.

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