It’s been a bad week for Facebook. The social network went down on Tuesday, along with its other WhatsApp and Instagram sites. Add to that congressional testimony from a whistleblower, whose identity was recently revealed.
Frances Haugen revealed that Facebook is aware that its platform spreads violence and hatred as well as disinformation. Fighting that would mean losing users. Press or click here to find out why this scandal exceeds previous ones associated with the social network.
If you are considering ditching Facebook, it’s easier than it used to be, although it’s not exactly a one-step process. We’ll show you how to properly erase yourself from the social network without leaving anything behind.
Take your things before you go
You probably have photos and videos on Facebook that can’t be found anywhere else. Think about the media you are tagged with or photos you posted that are no longer on your phone. The good news is, you can take them with you.
If you only have a few photos, you can save them manually one by one.
- On the desktop version of Facebook, open the photo, click the button three points menu icon, then To download.
- On Facebook mobile, open the photo, tap the three points menu icon, then Save photo.
For photo albums, open the Albums section on your desktop Facebook account. Open the album you want to download and click the button three points menu icon, then Download album.
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With the social network download tool, you can download your entire Facebook history, including photos and videos. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings page on your Facebook desktop account.
- Click on Your Facebook information in the left sidebar.
- Click on Seen beside Download information.
- Check or uncheck the boxes for the different categories.
- Other options include your download format, media quality, and date range.
- When you are ready, click Create a file to start the download.
- Your request will appear as Waiting in the Copies available part of the Upload your information tool.
- You will receive a notification when it is ready, which may take several days. Once this happens, go to the Copies available part of the Upload your information tool.
- Click on To download and enter your password.
Third-party options are available and you can use Dropbox to store your history file. Tap or click here for more information.
Closing your account
Gather all the contact information you need from your Facebook friends before you go. You may not have any other way to contact some of them.
If you’ve set up a Page for your business or just for fun, you’ll need to transfer ownership of it to someone else, as these will be deleted with your account.
Be warned that you cannot recover anything once you delete your Facebook account. Your profile, photos, comments, posts, videos, and anything you’ve added and posted will disappear. You will also not be able to use Messenger.
Are you ready to get out of Facebook? Here’s how to do it:
- From your desktop, connect to Facebook and click on the button down arrow top right.
- Go to Settings and privacy> Settings.
- To select Your Facebook information in the left column.
- Click on Deactivation and deletion.
- To select Delete account, so Continue to delete the account.
- Click on Delete account and enter your password, then click To continue.
You have 30 days to change your mind about deleting your account. Once this time has elapsed, you will not be able to take it back. To cancel the removal process, log into your Facebook account and click Cancel deletion.
Facebook notes that it can take 90 days from start to finish to delete anything you’ve posted, although other users won’t be able to access it during this time. Facebook also states that it “may also retain your information for matters such as legal issues, breaches of terms, or damage prevention efforts.”
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