After deleting all of my Facebook data from exactly 9 years of being used by its services, people ask: How did you do it?
Simple answer: With extreme difficulty.
This thread will become a guide from separating yourself, and just as important, your information from Facebook forever.
I will give you the information that Facebook will not: Step-by-step specific instructions about what to do. For free, no emails required, no data gathered. I will offer an email subscription to posts on the blog. All email addresses will be retained by me within the site’s software and won’t go anywhere. You will be able to opt-out instantly any time.
BEWARE OF WEBSITES ONLINE THAT SAY THEY WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR FACEBOOK PROBLEM AND THEN WANT PERSONAL INFO AND/OR MONEY. THERE ARE SCAMS.
But first there are a few things to understand about Facebook.
If Facebook were a car it would be unsafe at any speed. If it were a building it would have purposely-shoddy construction in the areas where the users live. If it were an appliance it would have fake non-working “features” that only appear to do all sorts of things.
Every Facebook interaction is a data point that is recorded and can be sorted in nearly infinite yet very specific ways to determine how to target people with advertising (or any other sort of Facebook product) with accuracy of laser guided bombs capable of flying into a ventilation shaft and exploding inside.
And finally, to make really clear Facebook thinks that its users are a lower form of life to exploited for their information and advertising value. To Facebook’s tech workforce Facebook users are not human, they’re data.
Facebook data gathering, selling ads and making quarterly financial projects are the ONLY things that matter to Facebook’s management and much of its workforce.
OK, time for the real goods for this post.
Step 1: Get Rid Of Ads On Facebook
How to get rid of advertising on Facebook:
Go to this website
The site, built by the Digital Advertising Alliance, will run its WebChoices tool and then presents a list of Internet services that you can opt of by checking a box and then submitting your request. It worked for me on Facebook right away.
This will also turn off ads on other services, such as Google, as well.
Yes, there are numerous browser-based ad blockers.
But why just block ads when you can stop them in the first place? Few people know they can actually accomplish this in a reality simple way.
At the time of this writing you could still do this. I will warn you that Facebook has a history of finding ways to shut off anything it users might to disrupt its business model.
Stay tuned. There’s much more to come.