The enemy has been vanquished, maybe

Yesterday, I did successfully kill my own Facebook account, and it is gone for good. If you were one of my Facebook friends, it was nothing personal — you’ve still got my email, yeah? Or can follow me on Twitter? Or hey, there’s this blog which you’ve obviously found. I’ve just found Facebook increasingly repugnant, and as they do more and more crap to harvest information and money, it’s utility to me has been outweighed by its ugliness and inconvenience.

If you also want to free yourself from the Facebook shackles, you can just follow these instructions like I did. I think they worked. They’re provided by Facebook itself, which leaves me suspicious that they lied and didn’t really delete all my information, and that they may have left a few hooks in place to reel me in when they want.


  1. says

    You still show up as a FB friend, but your picture is gone and when I click on your account I get this:

    “If Pz Myers reactivates their account, you’ll still be friends. If you unfriend them and they reactivate their account, you’ll have to send them a friend request to see their Facebook posts.”

    So I’d say your account is still there. it’s just deactivated. I’d bet your info is still there.

  2. says

    Facebook’s pernicious algorithms continue to offer me noisome recommendations, which I keep banning forever (there are so many of them!), but FB also continues to be the one convenient arm’s-length connection I have to my Covid-promoting family members. (I’m not on Instagram [which is just another aspect of FB anyway] or Twitter.) The first fatality occurred this month, but no one appears to have learned any lessons from it. In their opinion, vaccines are still poison and animal meds are the way to go. Or the whole thing is a hoax (people are just pretending to die?). Distressingly stupid. But far away from me. [sigh]

  3. Dunc says

    They’re provided by Facebook itself, which leaves me suspicious that they lied and didn’t really delete all my information

    FB attempts to keep profiles of everybody who ever interact with them in any way (including just visiting a site which has any FB gubbins on it, which is almost all of them these days), regardless of whether they’ve ever had an account or not, so they’ll certainly be hanging on to anything they’ve already collected from you. They may not bother keeping the all stuff you cared about (photos, posts, etc), but they’ll be keeping the stuff they care about (social network graph, advertising profile, and so on).

  4. HappyHead says

    I tried to delete my account years ago, and in the end had to settle for deactivating it.
    Sadly, there used to be a way to actually fully delete your account, but FB noticed that instructions were available on the internet, so they deleted the final page in the steps – you click on the “yes, delete my account” verification, and it sends you to a 404: page not found” error. The only straight up 404 page on facebook. No “did you mean”, or “alternate suggestions”, just 404: page not found in stark black letters on a plain white background.

  5. stroppy says

    So I deleted all the cookies in my cookie jar and hit refresh on this page. It sent me 17 files, 2 of them were clearly marked as FaceBook cache files plus a third suspect. And that’s with cookies blocked

    FB is like an invasive species choking the Internet that

  6. christoph says

    Easy way to unsubscribe from Facebook:

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  7. freddy72nz says

    Try Ghostery to block cookies, works like a charm for me. I use the free version and haven’t had any troubles.

  8. Reginald Selkirk says

    @8 cristoph: I was going to award you bonus points for using the correct “Duck tape” but then you switched to the incorrect “duct tape” within the same comment.

  9. chesapeake says

    I don’t understand the reason for all the com-lints here about FB. My experience is very different. I just looked at everything for the past few days and there were about 15 posts from friends and maybe 8-10 from advertisers, most of which are places I have visited. The New Yorker, The Times, Clothing Arts(very nice pants), a couple more clothing sites, Salvation Army (I don’t visit them),and a few other innocuous sites-nothing that annoys me. I wonder why so many of you are seeing such objectionable things and I am not. Something to do with where you visit online?