How to protect your Facebook privacy – or delete yourself completely
If you found the Cambridge Analytica data breach revelations deeply unsettling, read our guide to the maze of your privacy settings.................
If that’s not enough for you to feel safe, maybe now’s the time to delete your Facebook account altogether.
That’s somewhat harder to do. If you go through the account settings, Facebook will attempt to push you to “deactivate” your account, which “will disable your profile and remove your name and photo from most things that you’ve shared on Facebook”. Notably, it won’t remove any of your data from Facebook’s servers, and your account lies dormant hoping you will change your mind.
If you actually want to delete your information from Facebook, the real setting is hidden in a help document with the title “how do I permanently delete my account?” Clicking on “let us know” on that page will take users to the real account deletion screen. Clicking “delete my account” will take you to another screen. Filling in your password and proving you aren’t a robot on that screen will finally… deactivate your account. Wait two weeks after that, and then, at long last, Facebook will begin the 90 day process of deleting all your data from the site.
By September, then, you too could be Facebook-free.
Read the full article here https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/19/how-to-protect-your-facebook-privacy-or-delete-yourself-completely
Anybody who wants to know where I get my tin foil hats............