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Saturday, 14 April 2018

Ready to #DeleteFacebook? Follow these 7 steps

Like a lot of people lately, I’ve decided to #DeleteFacebook.

I feel that I’m giving up too much data for too little in return. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the shady consulting firm managed to steal information from as many as 87 millionunsuspecting Facebook users and use it for political purposes, was just the latest in a long series of egregious data privacy violations (like herehereherehere, and here).

Granted, Facebook is the only Internet access some people have. But I’ve had enough. If I hear one more Facebook executive claim to respect its users, I’m going to have an aneurism. And despite the new limits Facebook just put on the data its application programming interfaces (APIs) can access, it’s time to say goodbye.

I’m not leaving Facebook rashly. I’m giving myself time to do it properly, making sure that I don’t lose anything valuable—like photos, videos, or the contact details of my gracefully aging high-school friends—in the process. Here’s how you can do it too.

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