How to: Deactivate, Delete, Memorialize or Remove a Facebook account
Continuing a series started this summer about how Google (original post here) and Yahoo users (original post here) could control their data, E-Crime Expert presents today how Facebook users could control their data by having their accounts deactivated, memorialized or deleted.
Facebook does not disable profiles if they are not being actively used as Yahoo does.
The only way a Facebook account closes is if the user chooses to disable it (deactivate or delete); or when a family members for example (i.e. of a deceased account holder) requests the memorializing or removing of an account; or as a result of a breach of Facebook terms and policies.
1. Deactivate your account
1) Log on your Facebook account, click on the “Settings” pictogram (step 1) and then select “Account settings” (step 2) from the drop-down menu (Fig. 1).
2) Chose the “Security” (step 1) tab on the left side menu (then “Security settings” will display on the right), go to the bottom of the “Security settings” menu where you’ll see the “Deactivate your account” button (Fig.2). Click on it (step 2).
3) A new page will be displayed, chose one of the reasons you are disabling your account (Step 1), check the “Opt out” box if you do not want to further receive emails from Facebook (Step 2) and then click on “Confirm” (Step 3). Fig. 3.
4) A pop-up Notification will appear prompting you (for security reasons) to introduce your password (Step 1). After introducing your password click on the “Deactivate Now” button (Step 2) as described below in Fig. 4.
Subsequently, your account will be deactivated.
When you deactivate your account, your timeline and all information associated with it disappears from Facebook immediately. People on Facebook will not be able to search for you or view any of your information.
If you’d like to come back to Facebook anytime after you’ve deactivated your account, you can reactivate your account by logging in with your email and password. Your timeline will be restored in its entirety (friends, photos, interests, etc.). You will need to have access to the login email address for your account in order to reactivate it.
2) Delete your account
Directly click on this link.
Or follow the steps bellow if you are not logged in your Facebook account:
1) Log on your Facebook account, clcik “Settings” (Step 1) and then click on “Help” (Step 2) from the drop-down menu (Fig.5).
2) Type in the search box (Step 1): “Delete my account” and then click on the “How do I permanently delete my account” (Step 2) link from the options displayed in the drop-down menu (Fig.6).
3) A new menu will open where you need to click on the “Fill out this form” (The red box illustrate in Fig. 7)
4) The last step requires you to click on “Delete My Account” button displayed (Fig.8).
Permanently deleting your account means you will not ever be able to reactivate or retrieve any of the content or information you’ve added. Your account will be permanently deleted with no option for recovery.
3) Memorializing Accounts
When a person passes away, Facebook memorialize their account to protect their privacy. Here are some of the key features of memorialized accounts:
• No one can log into a memorialized account and no new friends can be accepted
• Depending on the privacy settings of the deceased person’s account, friends can share memories on the memorialized timeline
• Anyone can send private messages to the deceased person
• Content the deceased person shared (ex: photos, posts) remains on Facebook and is visible to the audience it was shared with
• Memorialized timelines don’t appear in People You May Know and other suggestions
If you need to report a timeline to be memorialized, please contact Facebook here.
And follow the 5 steps bellow (Fig. 9)
1. Link to the timeline of the person you submit the request for;
2. Insert the email address of the account you submit the request for;
3. Indicate your relationship status with that person;
4. Insert a link to a public/private commemoration of the deceased person (i.e. obituary or news). Please consider to NOT upload videos or pictures;
5. Click on memorialize account.
4) Removing the account of a deceased person
Verified immediate family members may request the removal of a loved one’s account from Facebook by clicking here.
In order to complete this process, follow the 9 steps bellow (Fig. 10):
1. Introduce your full name;
2. Introduce the full name of the deceased person;
3. Introduce the email account (linked to their Facebook account) of the deceased person;
4. Introduce the web address of their timeline like this: https://www.facebook.com/john.doe
! Replace the john.doe example with the name of your deceased friend.
5. Indicate your relationship to that person;
6. Click on the “Please remove the account” field.
7. Indicate the year when that person passed away;
8. Make proof of your relationship with the deceased by uploading a death certificate or similar;
9. Last step: click “Send”
Any questions can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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