Want to Cancel Your Facebook?

Kara Reeder

Been having trouble canceling your Facebook account? You're not alone. Until now, "deactivated" Facebook accounts still kept personal information on the company's servers. But on Monday, Facebook announced it will permanently delete all information associated with your account ... if you send them an e-mail telling them to do so, reports The New York Times.


A Facebook group with more than 8,000 frustrated members was what finally caused Facebook to bend, according to this Computerworld piece. Blogger Josh Catone says while not everyone may be beating down the door to delete their information right now, there will probably come a time when they may want to do so. So offering info on their Help page is a smart move on Facebook's part.


Still, some people, like ZDNet blogger Steve O'Hear, think Facebook could do better. O'Hear says the information is buried in the site and the request is poorly signposted. A simple "Delete my account permanently button" would do nicely.

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Jan 10, 2009 10:37 AM Daryl Birkholz Daryl Birkholz  says:
I do not have a facebook account and I'm receiving emails from facebook members. My girlfriend believes I have an account, but I don't. What can I do to cure this. I don't even know how they got my e-mail. Reply
May 15, 2011 11:33 AM Octavian Paler Octavian Paler  says:

I have just spent 20 minutes that I regret going through every button on my FB homepage, and I cannot find anything that leads me to delete my account. Maybe it's obvious and I am just missing it. I found a forum post entitled "account now Facebook"  and I understood that you can't really delete all your personal data, Facebook will still save it after your account has been deleted.


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