posted on Mar, 6 2016 @ 06:02 AM
When I left FB a number of years ago, it was just before they started to use facial recognition, that was the final straw for me.
At the time I had around 200 "friends" that included old school friends, current friends and as many relatives I could find. I started to get the
feeling to leave after thinking about how I might be associated with people I didn't know for so many years who may have different "interests" I
didn't share, interests that might get me investigated just for being friends with them.
Before I did anything on FB, I deleted the profile information and addresses in the email account I registered with.
Then I unfriended all the people I no longer knew personally and keep the ones I would actually want to talk to. After that I deleted all my photos
and untagged every photo that mentioned me. Once I did all that work I private messaged everyone on the short list with my email, phone # and address
and told them I'd be leaving FB soon. A little while after that I unfriended everyone left on my list.
Finally I removed all the accurate data in my profile and replaced it with F.U.D. (F'd Up Data) and left a nasty message to FB in one of the profile
fields. Then, after a month or so, I finally deleted the account.
That is the basic method I use when I delete any online account I have, regardless of what website it is. Completely paranoid? Yes, but I hope they
only retained the most recent F.U.D. information when I left there.
ETA: Only one person and my closest relatives have ever used my contact information to get a hold of me since I left FB. I can count the number on one
edit on 6-3-2016 by MichiganSwampBuck because: added exta comments