The hashtag #DeleteFacebook became a trending topic on twitter after the recent revelations about the social network. Several sources have reported about a security breach that released the personal information of more than 50 million users. The analysis company Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, created a system capable of extracting personal information without permission in order to craft a media strategy for the business tycoon. As a result, many users have decided to end their relationship with Mark Zuckerberg’s social media network. Here, we explain how you can completely eliminate your Facebook account.
- (Optional) Before deleting your entire account, you can backup of all of your posts, conversations, and multimedia content that you’ve shared on the social media network. To do so, you need to open Facebook from a web browser, not from the official app, and follow the menu options Settings > General. There, tap on Download a copy of your Facebook Data. After entering your password as a security measure, you’ll get a notification in a few minutes with a downloadable file containing all of your published information.
- Once you’ve made a backup (or not), you can start the process of completely eliminating your profile. Mind you that this process is irreversible. If you’re not completely sure you can always choose to deactivate your account instead, which makes it so that other users can’t see it, but still lets you reactivate it at some point in the future. To do that, go to Settings > Security and search for the option to Deactivate toward the bottom of the menu. In the future, should you choose to recover your account, you’ll find the option for that in the same place.
- But if you are absolutely sure you want to definitively delete your account, click on the following URL and enter your password to confirm. To repeat, this action is completely irreversible, and even if you’ve made a security copy like we explained above, there is no way to import this data to a new account, so you’ll have to do it all manually.