How to permanently delete your facebook account.

How to permanently delete your facebook account.
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Ever tried to leave Facebook and found out they only allow you to "deactivate" your account? All your personal data, including photos, interests, friends etc will still be saved indefinitely! You don’t have to be a conspiracist to find this quite fishy (or simply annoying)!
Maybe you see no reason to leave Facebook yet?
In any case, information about how to close an account should be easily avai…lable to all members. Join this group to keep the information handy the day you appreciate your privacy more than updating long lost “friends” of your life.
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HOW TO DELETE (long version)
Go here (working link above):
http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account
Click "Submit" and follow the instructions.
Your account will be deactivated for two weeks, and if you DO NOT USE FACEBOOK IN ANY WAY during that period, your account is permanently deleted.
I REPEAT: Your profile isn’t deleted right away! You must NOT log in to, or interact in any other way with Facebook for at least two weeks, as it will cancel the deletion request. That includes NOT logging in to Facebook using any client (like the iPhone app or IM:s like Pidgin), NOT clicking embedded Like-buttons on other websites, NOT logging in to other services using Facebook Connect (like Digg) etc etc.
Hey, while your’re at it, delete all your browsing/forms history and cookies as well, to minimize the risk of accidentally using your account!
If you want out – stay out, mmmkay? 😉
This method is official and should be complete, i.e. no need to delete individual photos, comments, messages or items from your profile or anywhere else on Facebook! If you have any concerns whether your stuff is actually deleted (as opposed to being kept somewhere in the deep dungeons of Facbook’s HQ) your best bet is to ask them using email: info@facebook.com.
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Please note that I’m not a part of the Facebook team, and consequently cannot fix anything that’s broken. If you are experiencing problems with the link above (or anything else concerning your account) your best bet is to contact Facebook directly by sending an email to info@facebook.com explaining your problem.
If someone has stolen your identity or if you are subject to any other form of "account abuse", try this form: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=fake_profile or send an email, explaining your problem, to abuse@facebook.com .
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(Outdated instructions were put in
"Archive: Obsolete ways of account deletion" in the discussion board.)
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Why am I doing this?
Well…I figure this is my last chance to do something heroic. Some day I will be able to look back at my life and honestly say "You know son…once I was a true rebel!" 😛
Spread the word, invite all your friends!
And don’t forget…Keep on rockin’ in the free world! 😉
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———————————[2010-05-25]———————————
Once again time for some further clarification regarding the deletion process.
Based on many success-stories, I know for a fact that it works. The crucial step is to not use your Facebook account for 14 days after you’ve requested deletion. Only the slightest interaction with Facebook and the deletion is cancelled!
So, I’ve updated the information regarding this, which now reads:
Your account will be deactivated for two weeks, and if you DO NOT USE FACEBOOK IN ANY WAY during that period, your account is permanently deleted.
I REPEAT: Your profile isn’t deleted right away! You must NOT log in to, or interact in any other way with Facebook for at least two weeks, as it will cancel the deletion request. That includes NOT logging in to Facebook using any client (like the iPhone app or IM:s like Pidgin), NOT clicking embedded Like-buttons on other websites, NOT logging in to other services using Facebook Connect (like Digg) etc etc.
Hey, while your’re at it, delete all your browsing/forms history and cookies as well, to minimize the risk of accidentally using your account!
If you want out – stay out, mmmkay? 😉
———————————[2009-10-05]———————————
Updated ways of contacting Facebook (only by email now).
Tried to clear things up a bit regarding the deletion process. You can’t imagine how many mails I get saying that the deletion doesn’t work. 99 % of the time people are just too eager to check if it actually worked, logging in to their deactivated account, hence canceling the deletion request.
If you want out – stay out! 😉
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Instructions updated (thanks for the info Jay)!
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