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May 7, 2010 6:19 PM Subscribe
How do I completely, quickly and thoroughly delete my Facebook account with the least possible amount of hassle?
posted by Despondent_Monkey to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 55 users marked this as a favorite
A couple of years ago I set up a Facebook account for myself to connect with my classmates at school and keep in touch with some friends. With the benefit of hindsight, it seems now like it was a bad idea. I don't want my relationships with my friends to be tracked and monetized any longer, and the increasingly cavalier attitude of Facebook towards its users' privacy unnerves me. Unfortunately, everything I've given a cursory read so far claims that Facebook is like the Hotel California - you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.
I'm really busy with work lately and I just want to quickly and quietly exit, but unless I'm missing something obvious, it doesn't appear like there's a way to easily delete your account like you can with Google. I don't want to do the stupid "deactivate" thing - I want my account to be gone forever. This would ideally prevent someone from being able to type my account number in the FB URL and still access my page after it's supposedly deleted.
So, how do I go about the whole process?
I should add that I have a relationship listed, and I really don't want to have to see it come up on the news feed like I've ended it and deal with a bunch of questions - obviously I'm not ending any relationships, but I don't want it to look like I do when I quit Facebook. Also, should I PM my friends and let them know I'm leaving to avoid suspicion that I 'defriended' them?
Can anybody with experience give me a walkthrough? It would be greatly appreciated.