- Posted January 17, 2013 by
State College, Pennsylvania
Why I Am Deleting Facebook
“Dear Facebook friends: I have decided to get rid of Facebook on January 31st. I am increasingly displeased with their changes that impact my privacy. I've enjoyed being in touch with you and having a delightful glimpse into each of your lives. If you would like to stay in touch, feel free to private message me by the end of the month for my email address. Best wishes to all!!”
As I looked further into the details of permanently deleting my account, I found that it is possible for me to download all of the information available on my timeline. As expected, I can download photos, profile information that includes my gender, political views, and religious affiliation, and lists of friends and family. Disturbingly (although truly not that much of a surprise), I can also download the dates, times, and titles of ads clicked, a list of topics I am targeted against based on my stated likes, interests, and other data from my timeline, credit cards if I have made purchases on Facebook in apps and have given Facebook my credit card number, recent IP addresses, likes I've made on sites off of Facebook, and much more.
All things considered, I realize accessing Facebook is a balance of cost and benefits for each user. For me, I do not use Facebook much anyway. However, I do understand that for many, the benefits of Facebook outweigh the cost of the potential loss of privacy.