How To Close Your Facebook Account – The Hard Way

July 26, 2007

Have you ever wondered what happens to all your personal information if you want to get out of the social networking machine? Steven Mansour found out the hard way when he tried to close his account on Facebook:

2504 steps to closing your Facebook account (via Digg)

The article is by turns hilarious and sinister. It turns out that Facebook don’t close your account at all; they merely “deactivate” it, but keep everything (photos, wall posts… everything) on their servers in case you wish to reactivate in the future. That’s very thoughtful of them, but it potentially means an unsuspecting punter could leave Facebook, unaware that their personal details are still being held.

Facebook2If you think that’s crazy, read the rest of the post to find out the ridiculous hoops you have to jump through to finally get them to delete the account. Not that I’m thinking of doing anything of the sort; I’m enjoying Facebook very much right now, and the recently released applications have the potential to make it the next massive web phenomenon – effectively an online operating system.

However, before we all jump headfirst onto the next big internet bandwagon, it’s worth knowing how the company behind it all operates. It wouldn’t surprise me if Facebook made a U-turn on this non-deletion policy once this news spreads.

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37 Responses to “How To Close Your Facebook Account – The Hard Way”

  1. Alan Burlison Says:

    It *is* possible to get Facebook to close your account without deleting everything by hand. See:

    http://blogs.sun.com/alanbur/entry/how_to_leave_facebook
    http://blogs.sun.com/alanbur/entry/how_to_leave_facebook_followup

  2. GROLL Says:

    CLOSE FACEBOOK


  3. [...] (”forgetfulness”) is managed, and especially what happens at the endgame. Compare the nightmarish experiences people have had on trying to leave Facebook with the neat way Dopplr handles account closure, for example: one can never be quite sure one is [...]

  4. avs Says:

    All I wanted to know was how to close down my Facebook account.
    Now I realize that nobody has ever really set up an account at Facebook because otherwise they´d be able to close down their account profile.
    What seems to be going on instead is that people are allowed to open up and close a facebook.com site once , and then never again which means that I can´t close down my account for the second time and that nobody else has been able to close down a facebook.com account for the second time.
    Was my first attempt to close down a facebook.com account really the only one that has ever been sucessful in the entire history of facebook? I mean because I couldn´t revisit that account just as intended?

  5. avs Says:

    I went to facebook several seconds ago and went to a special deleting site that said my account would be deleted within 14 days.
    It had been set up only to be used for slightly more than several weeks until I discovered that Facebook is associated with the CIA. When I tried to talk about it with my older brother he didn´t want to listen.

    Thingvellir,

  6. suhaly Says:

    please closed my facebook address email address suhaly@hotmail.co.uk

  7. Jatou Jaye Says:

    i want to deactivate my facebook account on personal reasons.

  8. Jatou Jaye Says:

    please close my facebook account

  9. Amber Norris Says:

    Please close my facebook account.

  10. ŞEYMA Says:

    kapatın benim facebooku

  11. sajmir daku Says:

    close a facebook

  12. paul Says:

    hello im paul eid and i have an account facebook and i can’t login into it and i want to remove it.
    can u help me what to do plzzz
    and thanks

    reply.

  13. Swapnil Shah Says:

    Close the facebook account

  14. RONNYBAD2060 Says:

    FACEBOOK CLOSE TO 091030 17.57

    THANK

  15. arijeta alidemaj Says:

    i want to close my account in facebook

  16. arijeta alidemaj Says:

    close facebook

  17. Frustrated Says:

    Is there a way to close an account and take out a picture that someone has tagged? Someone tagged me from a picture and I want it take out.

  18. perry bond Says:

    my identity has been stolen need all accounts closed

  19. cherif Says:

    please can u clouse my acount thanku very much

  20. bushi coka Says:

    i want to close


  21. I would like close my Facebooaccount

  22. Steff Says:

    Please can you close my facebook account. I really really dont want it open anymore. :-(

  23. richard Says:

    i would like to close facebook,please and thank you

  24. luz Says:

    im tired with facebook i allways bloque i cant conect.

  25. anne.sujee Says:

    please close my facebook account

  26. dzenita dedic Says:

    i want to close


  27. I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE MY FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

  28. Claude Says:

    close out my facebook account.

  29. mora henskens Says:

    please close my facebook.

  30. steve hilling Says:

    I cannnot open facebook because privacy announcement blocks me


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