I saw this recently on CNET – Say buh-bye to Facebook and delete you account for good: https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/say-buh-bye-to-facebook-and-delete-you-account-for-good/. Longer article.
If you want to completely cut ties with the social network, deactivating your Facebook account isn’t enough.
People’s opinions about Facebook are a mixed bag. For some, the social media site is an essential tool for keeping in touch with friends and family around the globe, interacting with common-interest groups and getting news. But others see Facebook in terms of privacy violations, political brawling, damaging misinformation and other content that could be harmful to teens. Now known as Meta, Facebook, as a company, has a new name but the same old problems. Whether you want to cancel your account for a clean slate in 2022 or any other reason, we’ll tell you below what steps to follow.
It’s important to note that there’s a difference between deleting your Facebook account and deactivating it. Deactivating your Facebook account temporarily freezes it, which is useful if you want a brief hiatus. But that does nothing to prevent the company from tracking your online activity.
To fully separate from Facebook, deleting your account is the only answer. Deleting it also severs ties to Facebook Messenger, the platform’s chat app. (If you want to also get rid of Instagram and WhatsApp, which are Facebook properties, you’ll have to do that separately.) We’ll explain some things you’ll need to consider before going through the process, which requires time and patience.