By admin | April 14, 2008
You can do 3 things with your Facebook account. Deactivate it, delete it and all content and/or ensure that it is permanently removed from the Facebook servers for good. This article will show you how to do all of this.
1. Deactivate Your Facebook Account
This takes the shortest amount of time but does not actually delete your account. It deactivates it and hangs around until you have a sudden drop in will power and login again. It then reactivates your account with all your information, photos, messages and comments intact. If you want to be a sucker and follow this route, here are the steps you need to follow:
a. Login to your Facebook account and then click on account on the top right hand corner of the page.
b. When the new page appears, leave it on the Settings tab and scroll to the bottom. Click on the deactivate link.
c. You will be asked to confirm the deactivation and asked to give a reason why. Choose whatever you feel like and hit the Deactivate button.
d. You will be shown this message. And that’s it.
2. Delete Your Facebook Account
a. Make sure you have the email address of all your friends if you want to continue email contact with them. You need to stop using the Facebook messages. Ensure they have your email address too.
b. Delete ALL sent and received messages.
c. Remove ALL of your friends from your friends list.
d. Delete ALL comments/posts on all of your walls (SuperWall, FunWall, The Wall, etc).
e. Delete ALL Comments and Posts you’ve made on other peoples Walls.
f. Delete ALL your photos – this includes all profile photos and those in your albums.
g. Leave ALL your networks and groups.
h. If you administer any groups, transfer the admin rights to someone else.
i. Clear every last bit of information from your profile.
j. Deactivate your account as per the above.
3. Permanently Delete ALL account information from Facebook Servers
You can request Facebook to have your information completely wiped from their servers.
They stress that you need to remove all profile content before they can do this. Follow steps a. to i. above but do not deactivate yet. Facebook may come back to you saying there is still content for you to delete. If there is and you have already deactivated, you will need to go through the reactivation process to follow their demands.
Once you have cleared your account, let them know and they’ll take care of the rest. To let them know follow these steps:
a. Login to your account, scroll to the very bottom of the page and click on the Help link.
b. On the page that shows up, Click on Privacy and Security.
c. Then click on Privacy
d. A list of questions will appear. Scroll all the way to the bottom. The 2nd last entry will be ‘I want to permanently delete my account’. Click on it.
e. A bunch of words worth nothing to you will come up. Towards the end of the 2nd paragraph, click on the link ‘this form’.
f. You will be presented with the below. Tick the box Remove my account from Facebook and click on the Submit button.
g. You will then get an email letting you know that the Facebook team will get back to you. They should get back to you within a week. Once they confirm that your account is deleted, try logging in to Facebook again. You will know that it is permanently deleted if you don’t get asked to reactivate your account.
Voila! Congratulations for getting your life back!!