Yes, it’s time… #DeleteFacebook…
I remember long ago when I was on Myspace and Facebook came up… totally crushing/killing Myspace! Oh well, poor Tom, he probably lost all his friends… Then, we were all thinking that sooner or later, another site would do the same thing… Sadly, that day never came and Facebook was able to be the king for a loooooong time.
Anyway today, it’s time for me to pull the plug on Facebook. I was thinking about it for a while but let’s be honest, the current news made me finally decided it’s time to delete my account there.
Am I going to miss getting millions and millions of FAKE NEWS? No! Seeing all those annoying cat memes posted everyday by all my friends? No! Seeing my friends posting pictures of themselves as if they were from the other sex or posting some glamour shot of themselves? No! Seeing my friends posting their IQ result tests or other boring tests? Or seeing my friends giving away personal information to who knows who by answering stupid quiz? No!
But of course I may miss receiving hundreds of birthday messages when it’s my bday… By the way, set your contact info… it’s on July 25 :). Of course, I may miss some fun parties and invitations because I won’t be able to see the “Event” or received invitation from Facebook. Of course, I’ll probably miss posting pictures every time I’m traveling somewhere or training hard at the gym… Well, for this one, hummmm….
So you want to keep in touch? There’s so many other ways…
Oh yeah, if you are not aware or live on another planet, let me share some of the recent news about FB… Oh and let’s remember this, this is only the beginning…
From The New York Times:
“As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem. The firm had secured a $15 million investment from Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor, and wooed his political adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, with the promise of tools that could identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior. But it did not have the data to make its new products work. So the firm harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, according to former Cambridge employees, associates and documents, making it one of the largest data leaks in the social network’s history. The breach allowed the company to exploit the private social media activity of a huge swath of the American electorate, developing techniques that underpinned its work on President Trump’s campaign in 2016.”
Let’s remember this: “Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post. They are not victims. They are accomplices.” – Edward Snowden
“The problem isn’t that Facebook was unable to stop Cambridge Analytics from using FBs data the way it did. The problem is that FB has that kind of data in the first place.” – Malte Engeler
This is a great link from CNET to know more about all this.
Wanna join and do it too? Here are more info about it:
There are a few options when it comes to changing how you use Facebook. First, you can adjust and tighten up your security and privacy settings if you’d like to continue using the platform, but have some concerns.
Alternately, you can use the temporary or semi-permanent option of deactivating your account, which doesn’t fully delete it.
Lastly, you can opt to permanently delete your Facebook account. We’ll take a look at how to accomplish all three below, skip to whichever section you’d like if you’re confident about what you’d like to do.
How to deactivate your Facebook account (reversible)
- Launch the Facebook iOS app and tap on the hamburger icon (three lines) in the bottom right corner
- Swipe down to the bottom and tap on Settings and then Account Settings
- Tap on General then Manage Account
- Next to Account tap on Deactivate
- Enter your password and read over the details that deactivating your account entails, and share why you’re doing so
- Tap Deactivate at the bottom
How to permanently delete your Facebook account
Since deleting your account is not reversible, you may want to download a copy of your Facebook data. See Facebook’s help page on that here. When you’re ready to delete your account follow along below.
- On iPhone, launch Safari or your browser of choice
- Visit https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account
- Login in with your credentials if needed
- Click Delete My Account
- Follow the prompts to permanently delete your account