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Facebook Adds Delete Account Option

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the and-stay-out dept.

Privacy 249

roseability writes "Facebook have quietly added the ability to delete you account. 'Deactivate Account', under Account Setting, has become 'Deactivate or Delete Account', and when checked it purports to permanently delete your account and all information you have shared. Facebook is actually willing to erase your data permanently? They must be counting on very few people doing so." Mixed reports on this: perhaps this is a limited test?

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Reality still wins. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028532)

Well that took long enough. Real life's had this ever since cyanide.

Re:Reality still wins. (5, Insightful)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028770)

where is slashdot's delete account button?

Re:Reality still wins. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028934)

Where is Slashdot's "Sell low user id to highest bidder" option?

Re:Reality still wins. (4, Insightful)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029234)

There is absolutely nothing you would gain from deleting a slashdot account.

Your posts would not be deleted, as no other post is ever deleted without a grounded Cease&Desist or similar legal reason, your journal is public info as well. The only removable thing is your user description, which can be replaced with an empty string at a whim.

Facebook accounts, on the other hand, nearly by definition contain slews of personal data.

It's like a public mailing list vs private mail.

Re:Reality still wins. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028908)

coons

Doesn't Matter (0, Troll)

j0hnyquest (1571815) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028538)

It doesn't matter, all the privacy activists will find something wrong with it / find something else to fight about anyway.

Re:Doesn't Matter (3, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028730)

Damn right!

I won't be satisfied until the delete button releases nanites which crawl into the backups, and REALLY delete my profile.

Re:Doesn't Matter (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028804)

When I filed for divorce, my name, my soon-to-be-ex's name, my current address, my martial status, my soon-to-be-martial-status was all made a matter of permanent public record.

Anybody can go to the state's court website and look it up, in perpetuity.

At least with Facebook, I got to consent to the privacy loss.

Re:Doesn't Matter (3, Interesting)

gorzek (647352) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029166)

Marriages are in the public record, too. Did you complain about that when you got hitched?

Perhaps... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028564)

this is a means to flag the account as "very interesting" to the people who want to collect data? Poisoning the data is probably the best approach since it makes the data as a whole less valuable. As long as the poisoned data looks plausible, then nobody knows the real data from the fake data.

Re:Perhaps... (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028682)

Very good point, just create a random account for virtual fun and a clean real account for real life.
Random facts from day one that match your virtual fun, just make it matches what a web cam can see :)

Will it delete your data? (4, Insightful)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028568)

The TOS say they can keep it, perhaps this just deletes your login and deactivates your account

As they say on wiki... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028570)

[citation needed]

Seriously, where the hell are the links?

A strange game... (5, Insightful)

bhunachchicken (834243) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028574)

... the only winning move is not to play.

Re:A strange game... (1)

Shimmer (3036) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028828)

You're comparing Facebook to thermonuclear war? Give me a break.

Re:A strange game... (4, Funny)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028866)

Actually, he compared it to tic-tac-toe.

Re:A strange game... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028932)

Your geek card is officially revoked. Joshua goes from playing tic-tac-toe straight to playing global thermonuclear war and only then does it say that line.

Re:A strange game... (1)

jridley (9305) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029156)

It's tic-tac-toe that teaches him the concept of an unwinnable game though.

Re:A strange game... (4, Insightful)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029220)

Tic-tac-toe isn’t unwinnable, it’s unlosable. Much different from global thermonuclear war.

Re:A strange game... (1)

gclef (96311) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029334)

Oh, no. I've seen people lose at tic-tac-toe...I've even seen people (adults, mind you) lose at tic-tac-toe to a chicken. (Why yes, this was in Las Vegas, why do you ask?)

if you know what movie that quote is from (2, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029254)

you are old enough to have avoided the facebook boondoggle in the first place

so its a wash

incidentally, discovering the philosophical connection between global thermonuclear war and social networking is both deep and hilarious

Troll? (1)

singingjim1 (1070652) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028576)

The post sounds kind of troll-ish to me. Why is this so shocking? Pretty much every internet club out there gives you the ability to delete your account. Why would Facebook be the exception? Maybe I'm missing something. It's just seems normal that if you create an account you have the ability to delete it if you want to.

Re:Troll? (3, Interesting)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028638)

Facebook has had a (generally difficult) way of deactivating your account for years (all along?). But their TOS say that they reserve the right to keep your data forever. TFA is implying that this may have changed and that deleting your account now may in fact remove your data from their servers. Personally I'm not holding my breath.

While I agree that TFA seems a bit speculative I don't think the OP is trolling. I think enough of us on /. have taken an interest in FB's over reaching grab on people's personal data that even speculation on it changing (esp. for the good) is newsworthy. (IMHO of course...)

Re:Troll? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028646)

FaceBook has up to this point only deactivated an account when you request deletion of an account. However, you can reactivate the deactivated account at any future time. Also, if you change email addresses the old email address remains in effect on FaceBook effectively giving you two accounts when all you wanted was to modify the email address. FaceBook is not a well-engineered system.

Re:Troll? (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028662)

It is shocking because until now, the option to delete your account required significant effort to actually locate. In fact, it was not that long ago that deleting your account required a phone call to Facebook (an uproar which eventually resulted in the "delete account" option being made available at all).

Re:Troll? (5, Insightful)

nacturation (646836) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028690)

The post sounds kind of troll-ish to me. Why is this so shocking? Pretty much every internet club out there gives you the ability to delete your account. Why would Facebook be the exception? Maybe I'm missing something. It's just seems normal that if you create an account you have the ability to delete it if you want to.

Please tell me how to delete my Slashdot account. Bonus points for telling me how I can delete the data including every post I've made.

Re:Troll? (4, Interesting)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028846)

Slashdot is a different beast, though. It wasn't started in a model that encouraged using real names/identities -- ie, using your .edu email address specifically to connect with people at your school. Registered slashdot users also tend not to be complete morons, and there is a lack of many features which morons find attractive, such as the ability to post pictures of ourselves shotgunning bear while holding a joint in one hand and an under-age girl in the other. You know, stuff like that.

A few months ago I started skunking my FB data, then removing it. Last week I deleted the account (there was a way to do it before they made it obvious). In FB's attempt to attract more users and build a "platform," they've just made it slightly less horrible than MySpace. I got phone numbers and email addresses for the friends that mattered and for whom I wasn't already in possession of the information, then just slipped away. Do you have any idea how much more time I have to waste on Slashdot again now that I don't have any competing sites?

Re:Troll? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028914)

shotgunning bear

Holy crap dude...

Re:Troll? (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028956)

oops.. I meant beer not bear (though both can totally be shotgunned). Stupid brain farts. I'm useless before I've had my 2 pots of coffee.

Re:Troll? (1)

nacturation (646836) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029082)

oops.. I meant beer not bear (though both can totally be shotgunned). Stupid brain farts. I'm useless before I've had my 2 pots of coffee.

Personally, I like to have a rip-roaring start to the day by consuming 2 pints of bear.

Re:Troll? (4, Funny)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028958)

Registered slashdot users also tend not to be complete morons

Do you also have the "Apple" section blocked?

Re:Troll? (-1, Offtopic)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029028)

I use a Mac to multiplex SSH sessions out to my legion of FreeBSD and Linux servers and devices. I have no art skills. My roommate once said "if only I had a Macintosh, then I'd be truly happy." That's kind of a sad sentiment. Just sayin'.

Re:Troll? (4, Interesting)

Jon Abbott (723) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028982)

The Slashdot user ID was made to require people to use the same name/identity... Prior to that time, people could enter in whatever name they wanted (different for each post even), and people would often pretend to be Bill Gates, Linus Torvalds, etc. I personally think it was more interesting back then because there were flamewars between famous computing people. :^)

Re:Troll? (1)

Bl4d3 (697638) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028994)

... such as the ability to post pictures of ourselves shotgunning bear while holding a joint in one hand and an under-age girl in the other...

You know shotgunning (former)bears [wikipedia.org] could be dangerous, as they're known to be armed themselves.

Re:Troll? (1)

bhunachchicken (834243) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029098)

"Slashdot is a different beast, though."

Sure, but the issue here is the ability to delete accounts. It's perfectly possible for someone to write something libelous and then wish a few years later that they could delete it. You could argue that it may not be possible to trace it back to its original owner, but most Slashdot users at some point point towards a website / project, etc. that can identify them.

"Registered slashdot users also tend not to be complete morons"

Slashdot uses a moderation system that allows users to mark others' comments as (amongst other things), Troll, as well as changing their relationship with one another. This therefore makes your statement largely a matter of personal opinion.

However, if you mean that Slashdot is largely devoid of txt spk 12 yr olds, then, yes.

Re:Troll? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028978)

this is not the /. i ever remembered... I've watched this with interest for years, watching things slowly degrade...don't blame you for wanting to know how to remove your account really.
bring back Rob Malda, and get this non-sense called 'slashdot.org' worked out! (& get rid of the seemingly god-like OP's)
he'll will once again bring sense to this crap that has become /. i bow down to you CmdrTaco, please save us from our plight!

Precursor (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028590)

To more changing of privacy controls and what can be made private out form under users who had already selected some strong privacy settings or are trying to select new settings?

"If you don't like our changes to the privacy policy, you have 15 days to press the 'Delete Account Pmernanently' button, and then none of your currently private information will be shared."

Re:Precursor (-1, Redundant)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029010)

"I am changing the deal. Pray I don't change it any farther." - Darth Vader, The Empire Strikes Back

Uh.... Hello? Server Backups? (2, Insightful)

blcamp (211756) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028600)

Even if it's truly deleted, I'll bet the data is out there in an archive somewhere.

Re:Uh.... Hello? Server Backups? (-1, Flamebait)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028792)

Really? I'm appalled. Let's get the burning torches and go and storm the data centre. Don't forget to bring the tin-foil beanies to deflect their brain reading rays.

Re:Uh.... Hello? Server Backups? (1)

DIplomatic (1759914) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028912)

Right. And even if my account is deleted you could still find traces of me in my friends' pictures, old posts, etc. I imagine the delete account button will just stop gathering new data about you.

Re:Uh.... Hello? Server Backups? (2, Interesting)

Inda (580031) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029262)

That's not always true though. In the UK, you can quote the data protection act and request that someone qualified deletes all data relating to yourself.

I've done it many times, normally after they've pissed me off and caused me to waste some of my time. Tell them that an administrator is not qualified, and clicking a 'delete' button is not enough. Offsite backups deleted too.

Maybe they do and maybe they don't. There would be fun and games if they contacted me in the future.

I deleted my account months ago (5, Informative)

FictionPimp (712802) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028610)

They have always had an option to delete your account or deactivate. They just made finding the delete function easier now.

Re:I deleted my account months ago (1)

jazzPecq (469140) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028778)

True.

Jan 1st I deactivated my account, which did _absolutely nothing_.

After googling, I found a hidden "Delete Account" which did the job.

Re:I deleted my account months ago (1, Informative)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028906)

They have not always had an option to delete your account. It was not that long ago that deleting your account required you to call them up and argue about the issue; in fact, the media fallout over that process is the reason they created the "delete account" option in the first place.

Re:I deleted my account months ago (1)

FictionPimp (712802) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028946)

I'm simply saying this is not new. For at least the last 12 months (checking with people I know who have deleted their accounts) you have had the option to do so.

Re:I deleted my account months ago (3, Informative)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029030)

What is new is that deleting your account is now in the same place as "deactivating" it, which should help alleviate some of the confusion people had earlier.

it's only one line of code, after all (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028616)

typedef DeactivateAccount DeleteAccount;

Re:it's only one line of code, after all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028732)

I think it's actually:

typedef DeactivateAccount DeleteAccount; \\god the fucking retards on facebook will believe anything

Re:it's only one line of code, after all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028796)

typedef DeactivateAccount DeleteAccount;

Facebook is made with PHP, but point made... all social application should obliged by law to delete on request. That's not so hard!

Who else offers a delete option? (1)

bobbabai (651088) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028618)

I have never seen any other web service that offers a self-service delete option? Why are they so hesitant? I have tried to get a few online accounts deleted over the years and it varies in difficulty, but each time it required an email or online chat exchange with a real person.

Re:Who else offers a delete option? (1)

m.ducharme (1082683) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029216)

I believe Google has offered self-service deletion of Google Account information for some time now.

If this would allow us to get rid of... (5, Insightful)

sarkeizen (106737) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028628)

Our one friend who killed herself's account. That would be nice. Having her profile continually show up with the "you haven't talked to X in a while send them a message and reconnect with them" box. Doesn't actually make facebook win any sensitivity awards in my book.

Re:If this would allow us to get rid of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028694)

You can unfriend the slain person's account and set Facebook to ignore that person. It's so easy and clear on how to do this that I doubt you really have this problem. I thi

Re:If this would allow us to get rid of... (1)

FinestLittleSpace (719663) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028740)

You can request for an account of a deceased person to be removed by providing proof of death (news articles/death certificate).

Re:If this would allow us to get rid of... (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028882)

Its easier to delete your own account, plus that improves your life by decluttering it.

Re:If this would allow us to get rid of... (2, Informative)

daid303 (843777) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029144)

I'm still looking for the:
[x] Send an email reminder about deleting my account after I died.
Option in FB.

Re:If this would allow us to get rid of... (3, Funny)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028822)

Facebook have got her down as dormanted, Yahoo have got her down as deleted,
Twitter have got her down as inoperative... Microsoft has her down as excised,
Apple have her down as completed

Freedom!... wait... (1)

segin (883667) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028644)

Finally, now I can finally free myself from the horror...

No! I can't do it, I need my Mafia Wars and FarmVille, I'm going to die!

I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (1)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028648)

For sure...I am not into Facebook and do not yet see the reason why I should join it. Connection to me and vice versa can be done using traditional means especially email.

Most importantly, many times, I just need to be left alone by especially by those from my past.

I believe most of the 500,000,000 folks on Facebook are not doing anything useful on the site. Most of those accounts are just 'feel good accounts'. Right?

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (2, Insightful)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028720)

Connection to me and vice versa can be done using traditional means especially email.

Oh the nativity of youth. When email becomes a traditional communication I know I'm getting old.

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (2, Informative)

BVis (267028) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028764)

Sorry, can't let this one go. "Naivete"

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (2, Funny)

mjm1231 (751545) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029256)

Well, in fairness, most people are quite youthful at the time of their nativity.

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33029284)

Who are you calling naive? As a native youth, I am offended.

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (1)

dingen (958134) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029064)

If you really think e-mail isn't a traditional form of communcation, you are in fact old. In fact, only old people think of e-mail as a form of communication at all. Back in 2007, Slashdot ran an article [slashdot.org] saying that teenagers are only using e-mail to get in touch with old people, but aren't using it to communicating with each other at all.

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029114)

Yes if you watch tv now, it was all 'find us on the web" now its facebook, twitter ect.

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (2, Interesting)

VisiX (765225) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028762)

I have recently signed up for facebook because my friends stopped calling and texting people and just started posting "I'll be at blah blah blah at 8pm tonight, come along". I was missing out on a lot of fun things I could possibly be doing because I didn't have an account, so now I have one.

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (3, Interesting)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028854)

I have recently signed up for facebook because my friends stopped calling and texting people and just started posting "I'll be at blah blah blah at 8pm tonight, come along". I was missing out on a lot of fun things I could possibly be doing because I didn't have an account, so now I have one.

That's the same reason I deleted mine. Kid whom sat at the same lunch table as me in 8th grade posted every single time he entered or left a restaurant or bar (kind of like a manual foursquare). I guess I could go alone, unfortunately he now lives almost 3000 miles away. Dude I worked with a decade ago posts every time he goes to the gym, for motivation, I guess. I guess I could go along, unfortunately he lives 200 miles away. Same deal with the guy who was my high school physics lab partner, now living about 100 miles away.

When I got rid of all the pseudo-spammers and ignored all my far away "old friends" there wasn't really enough left to bother keeping the account... So I used this "new" feature in May to delete it, and nobody seems to care except my wife.

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33029192)

So hide him.

If he ever decides to send you a message, write on your wall, or comment on one of your posts, you’d see it. In the meantime, you don’t have to read all of his dumb status updates. Just click the convenient Hide button and tell it to hide him from your news feed.

Sheesh some people make things so difficult.

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33029340)

So I used this "new" feature in May to delete it, and nobody seems to care except my wife.

That's not what her facebook said...

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33029346)

... among otherthings, looks like you missed the "hide" button, or "remove friend" button ...

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028878)

Well, since your current friends behave like douches from what you describe, I think what you really need is new friends -- you know, people that actually value their relationships, get in touch with people and don't just dump meaningless drivel on a random website.

Seriously, if I had friends that didn't bother to get in touch with me to tell me "hey, let's go for dinner" or "let's grab a beer at that new bar" or "sunday brunch at my house", I'd probably ignore them IRL thereafter. No point investing time and emotions into them, life's too short for that.

Re:I'm not into Facebook - yet! What am I missing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33029182)

That's exactly the point.

I am not into facebook, and I keep missing events because many of my "friends" only announce them on facebook.

In the past, the method of choice to invite people was to send an email, send an instant message or make a phone call. Now, facebook seems to have replaced email for this purpose, and the instant messaging system of choice seems to be friggin' facebook chat.

This is just sad.

is "delete" really an option? (5, Interesting)

ad0n (1171681) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028708)

i just "re-activated" my long deactivated account in the hopes of "deleting" it finally. i only had the de-activate option.. no delete available on my screen.

Re:is "delete" really an option? (1)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028776)

Was there anything positive you got from joining Facebook...or did joining further 'complicate' your life?

Re:is "delete" really an option? (1)

ad0n (1171681) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028900)

there absolutely were positives. but there were also negatives. I decided to de-activate my account a few years ago now. At this time however, I would delete my account if given the option to do so.

Re:is "delete" really an option? (4, Interesting)

FictionPimp (712802) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029004)

Positives: I got to touch base with high school friends, I got used it to organize some parties.

Negatives: I got to touch base with high school friends, It was impossible to sort though all the crap that came in, I was constantly ignoring this and that, I started unfriending people who posted too much shit to get shit from them for unfriending them. It started arguments with my family when I didn't want to friend them or I friended them and ignored them. I lost real life friends because facebook allowed me to learn more about their personalities then I ever really wanted to know. I got into real life arguments because I didn't check or respond to a facebook status.

Conclusion: I'm not 12, and if I'm not important enough to at least call on the phone, then I guess we really are not 'friends'.

Replacement options: Google Calendar for organizing parties, twitter for posting my useless comments no one cares about, and phone, email, texting for the rest.

Re:is "delete" really an option? (5, Informative)

Goaway (82658) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029034)

I did the exact same thing, and got the same result. However, I recalled hearing that the option has existed for some time already, and has just been very well hidden.

I looked it up, and the trick is to go to this address:

http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account [facebook.com]

Re:is "delete" really an option? (1)

ad0n (1171681) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029134)

give the man a prize (or mod points).. this worked! my account is submitted to deletion ! but i have 14 days to reconsider .. hehe, ya right!

No Delete Option... (1)

Nittle (1356899) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028728)

I don't see the delete option on my account. It just allows deactivation.

Re:No Delete Option... (1)

Raxxon (6291) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028752)

Same here... Just Deactivation.

Although I did find it interesting that when you look at deactivation the order of the reasons changes. Only "Other" remains in the same place....

Re:No Delete Option... (2, Informative)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028818)

I've tried this a while ago...

They promise to delete your account within 14 days without active use. (if you login, you reactivate your account.)

See delete account [facebook.com]

Re:No Delete Option... (1)

Nittle (1356899) | more than 3 years ago | (#33028880)

It just goes counter to the parent post. I had deactivated my account about a week ago. I reactivated it to try to delete it. And the link you posted requires you to log into Facebook to see it, odd.

See delete account [facebook.com]

But does it ... ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028782)

Will this delete the comments you make on other people's pages? What happens to those? How will the conversations you have gotten yourself into be handled?

Facebook users deserve whatever they get (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028852)

Only an idiot would use Facebook. The world ran just fine
before it existed, and it is not necessary to use Facebook
in order to have a complete life. But you DO have to leave
your mother's basement.

Zuckerberg is a money-grubbing jerkoff, and he preys on the
stupidity of suckers. Of course there's an endless supply of
suckers, and they are ( tragically ) self-replicating.

not bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33028970)

It's nice to see Facebook listening to its userbase. Well, the userbase that wants to delete, but you get the idea. Hopefully not the userbase that don't use DubLi!

Had this long ago (2, Informative)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 3 years ago | (#33029008)

They have had this option to delete accounts for years now.
I even used it like 4 years ago.

Maybe they just moved the button that starts the process?

Shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33029058)

I can delete me account, can I?

uh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33029088)

There was always the option to delete, it was just a bit tricky to find. Bit of a nonstory this, you should check out DubLi for a real scoop.

Scalability Issue Maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33029300)

I have a friend that builds data centers for FB and he claims there are at least ten big ones coming up in the US at this time. It may be a scalability issue for them, I mean, with the exponential growth it has seen and as more people begin to store more and more images out there as they learn to use the system, somethings got to give. Maybe this is there way to get the public to help "prune" the network. If you aren't using this seat, kindly get your ass up and make room for the next user.

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