How many of us deleting/have deleted Facebook?

(Ben Green) #1

This is an anonymous poll but feel free to comment your stance on it either way.

  • I never had it
  • I deleted it before the Cambridge Analytica shambles
  • I have since deleted it
  • I will delete it
  • I won’t delete it

0 voters

I will delete it. Just letting my friends and family download the photos and videos of them that I uploaded to my profile.

(#savetheseabass) #2

I am not allowed to delete it. Part of my job seekers agreement is to sign up to Facebook and follow the local job pages. If I don’t, I get sanctioned. But that’s all I use it for

In an ideal world I wouldn’t have it

(Herp Derp) #3

I deleted it 5+ years ago

(Ben Green) #4

I wouldn’t have thought government authorities would be able dictate what third party overseas social media platform you have to use if any.

That’s rediculous. Simply being on the platform is no more evidence of looking for a job than screenshots of your job search and application process. Less so in fact.

(Ben Green) #5

I had been thinking of it all week since I heard about Cambridge Analytica. I was just dreading having to download all my photos and videos one by one, but it’s actually very easy. All available as a ZIP file including scary amounts and types data about my interests, conversation, events and locations history.

That got me thinking. All social media, especially Facebook, has the technology available to work out (with limited accuracy) stuff like political leanings without the need for the likes of Cambridge Analytica and without us even knowing or giving consent.

They could do that just by analysing the tone of language together with frequency and type of interaction you have with other users. They’d get an even more accurate result when analysing personal relationships with your friends and family and may become aware of cheating before a partner does (just a general example, not saying I do).

I already know they track our activities across the internet so could know about what genre of porn we watch and what sex toys that we buy. Another reason to always go incognito :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

(Mega Charizard) #6

I imagine it was agreed in the job seekers allowance commitment, maybe.

It’s not compulsory, but it can nowadays be a good way to look for work.

(If there's the wrong end of a stick, you'll find me holding it.) #7

I deactivated my account last May. I was already unhappy with the platform and the news coming out about Facebook.

Recent events reminded me that I hadn’t deleted it yet. I pushed the button last week.


I’m not concerned to be honest.

Also all my mobile games are synced to Facebook. That’s the important loss here.

(Eve) #9

+1 for mobile games and accounts synced to Facebook. They’ve made it so commonplace now to sign up with Facebook or is often just easier to sign in/ up with it. With games, you get a bonus sometimes if you link your Facebook account. Maybe I’m in a generation that has just grown up with people monitoring/ collecting my data (I know some people are so paranoid they use fake names, birthdays, location etc) but I’m generally quite ambivalent to it. It makes my life easier so I don’t really care. I don’t use the app much on its own though.

(If there's the wrong end of a stick, you'll find me holding it.) #10

I strongly suspect that there is good reason for that. :scream:

(Ben Green) #11

I used to be trusting of open authentication with Facebook but not anymore. Granted they can’t see the information on the third party game/app/service (we hope so as that’s part of the OAuth protocol) but Facebook would still know that you use that third party. This is another means of their data collection that I was so oblivious to until this week.


What is your opinion on using Google/ Apple Pay?


I just lie lie lie.

Facebook has a very strange view of me.

(Nick) #15

I don’t really use Facebook, but I effectively can’t delete it. I have too many friends and family members who use it as their point of contact, so I have to keep it as an option.

In any case, even if you delete yourself from Facebook, they’ll still have your shadow profile - information about you that has been uploaded by other people - and that can’t be deleted (AFAIK).

(Ben Green) #16

I’m not sure of Google Pay as I’m a long term Apple user deeply entrenched into their ecosystem. I think they do pass the email address of the buyer onto the merchant though I may be wrong on this.

Apple Pay however I know keep your identity and payment information secret from the merchant. I’ll admit I’d have to read up on 1000 pages of user agreements provided by Apple to say what they’re doing with the data of where I shop.

(If there's the wrong end of a stick, you'll find me holding it.) #17

I’ve the same issue with WhatsApp, sadly. :pensive:

(Ben Green) #18

The data, at least on the frontend that the users will see, is just a reference to “Facebook User” that links to a Facebook styled gone away error page. I expect you’re right though that probably keep an archived copy of your data even after you’ve deleted your profile.

Although after GDPR comes into force, we’ll have the right to request a copy of all the data held about us, request it be updated or even entirely deleted provided it’s not legally required to be retained by the data controller.

(Tony Hoyle) #19

I’m just surprised anyone is shocked that facebook sell data. How do you think they managed to $4bn profit with a free website… magic pixies?

Never put anything on social media you wouldn’t tell anyone else. Facebook have lots about me probably, but it’s entirely uninteresting.

(If there's the wrong end of a stick, you'll find me holding it.) #20

I’m sure I’ve read somewhere that after you hit delete, there’s a two week hiatus, and then your data is removed from Facebook servers over the next few months.

(Ben Green) #21

I had thought it was the same way as Monzo marketplace is intended to work and Google/Bing/Yahoo advertising works. The one thing they all have in common… they charge the advertiser not the user.