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What happens to your data?
In theory, deleting your account removes all Facebook data related to you. In reality it's
more complicated, taking about 90 days. Allegations of complicity with National Security Agency surveillance and multiple data-privacy breaches suggest that your data may never truly be deleted. before deletion if you'd like a copy. Backup your data
You can still cleanse your Facebook presence for everyone else,
Delete any sensitive content that you have posted. Contact friends about content that you would like deleted. Leaving social data behind
As hard as you try, some personally identifiable information may remain. This could be something as simple as your name on a message,
unless you're Mark Zuckerberg.
You have little control over this or what others share about you in future. The most you can realistically do is
ask your friends to respect your privacy. Data shared with apps and advertisers is with them forever. As a Facebook user you are leaving behind a valuable personal data footprint. What to do next?
Facebook can track non-users via the ‘like’ button and other similar means. You can minimise this and protect your privacy.
Switch to a privacy focused browser like Brave or try a tracking blocker in your favourite. Use a non-tracking search engine like DuckDuckGo. Try a secure messaging app. Signal is a great choice.
You should rethink your relationship with
Google and Microsoft. Facebook owns social
Facebook owns Instagram, Oculus, Messenger, WhatsApp and can share data between them.
Keep this in mind when using their apps. Here are the deletion links.
Enjoy your freedom
Facebook was founded in 2004. Their leadership has had well over a decade to learn from their privacy blunders. They have consistently failed to reign in their greed.
‘Demanding privacy from surveillance capitalists … is like asking … a giraffe to shorten its neck, or a cow to give up chewing. These demands are existential threats that violate the basic mechanisms of the entity's survival.’ - Shoshana Zuboff. Explore Facebook's problematic history Free speech and paid political ads
Whatever your opinion on Facebook's policies, the company's choices impact society worldwide.
Free speech is not the same as paid speech.
Paid political ads and similar topics need immediate discussion and regulation. These systems are broken and open to abuse by malicious actors with sufficient funds.
All power corrupts;
Facebook continues to dominate. It's important to consider their future.
‘And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ - Sir John Dalberg-Acton. Web/app developers
If you produce content on the web, you can make a
massive difference. Sites could be liable for helping Facebook secretly track your web browsing.
This ethical approach would make it difficult for Facebook to track users around the web. App developers,
you can help too. On a lighter note
The following links are to amusing fake stories… obviously?
Mark Zuckerberg - Dead At 36. ‘You're Deleting Your Account? We'll be sad to see you go,’ says Facebook prompt showing user photo of own dead body. As a Facebook employee, I was ordered to bury thousands of stories about Mark Zuckerberg's human zoo. Mark Zuckerberg recalls coming up with idea for Facebook after seeing Dopamine-addicted lab rat starve to death. Don't feed money‑hungry ad‑monsters.
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Facebook’s Already Done It (Aaron Sankin, The Markup). Facebook allows Trump campaign to run deceptive Census ads (Judd Legum, Popular Information). Facebook agrees to pay $550 million in class-action facial recognition lawsuit (Matthew Wille, Input). Facebook's ‘Clear History’ Tool Doesn't Clear Shit (Shoshana Wodinsky, Gizmodo). Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook's Apps (Ryan Mac, Buzzfeed). Smart TVs send user data to tech heavyweights including Facebook, Google, Netflix (Charlie Osborne, Zero Day). Attorney Generals Investigating Facebook For Possible Antitrust Violations (AG Letitia James). A huge database of Facebook users' phone numbers found online (Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch). Facebook will pay an unprecedented $5 billion penalty over privacy breaches (Brian Fung, CNN). Thanks to Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever (Sam Biddle, The Intercept). It's Time to Break Up Facebook (Chris Hughes, New York Times). Facebook's role in Brexit - and the threat to democracy (Carole Cadwalladr, TED). Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account (Alfred Ng, CNET). Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years (Brian Krebs). Facebook is allowing anyone to look you up using your security phone number (Michael Grothaus, Fast Company). Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them (Josh Constine, TechCrunch). Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools - Including Ours (Merrill, Tobin, ProPublica). Google and Facebook are watching our every move online. It's time to make them stop (Gabriel Weinberg, CNBC). Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information (Kashmir Hill, Gizmodo). Every little bit helps (DHH, Signal v. Noise). Facebook Never Really Cared About Connecting the World (Will Oremus, Slate). Facebook's terrible 2018 (Edgar Alvarez, Engadget). Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook's Leaders Fought Through Crisis (Frenkel et al, New York Times). WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind (Parmy Olson, Forbes). Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog (BBC). 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach (Carole Cadwalladr and Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian). My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data (Ian Bogost, The Atlantic). Facebook Really Is Spying on You, Just Not Through Your Phone's Mic (Joanna Stern, The Wall Street Journal). The naked truth about Facebook's revenge porn tool (Violet Blue, Engadget). Facebook is a ‘living, breathing crime scene’ says one former tech insider (NBC News). We Can't Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself (Sandy Parakilas, The New York Times). How Facebook's tentacles reach further than you think (Joe Miller, BBC). WhatsApp to start sharing user data with Facebook (James Vincent, The Verge). Facebook Wants to Help Sell Every Ad on the Web (Jack Marshall, Wall Street Journal). Growth At Any Cost: Top Facebook Executive Defended Data Collection In 2016 Memo - And Warned That Facebook Could Get People Killed (Mac, Warzel and Kantrowitz. BuzzFeed). Facebook betrayed us by secretly lobbying for cyber-surveillance bill (Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing). The Facebook of the future has privacy implications today (Farai Chideya, The Intercept). Facebook's tracking cookies affect even users who opt out (James Vincent, The Verge). The Insidiousness of Facebook Messenger's Android Mobile App Permissions (Sam Fiorella, Huffington Post). It's Complicated: Facebook's History of Tracking You (Julia Angwin, Pro Publica). Facebook to Use Web Browsing For Ad Targeting (Facebook newsroom). Yahoo, Google, Facebook and more face fight to salvage reputations over NSA leaks (Lisa O'Carroll, The Guardian). NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others (Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian). Facebook's new policy changes allow it to read your face, use it for ads (Lauren Hockenson, GigaOM). Facebook's Creepy Data-Grabbing Ways Make It The Borg Of The Digital World (Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch). And plenty more…
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