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Why You Should #DeleteFacebook

Amidst an indefensible data scandal, the latest trend in public outcry is more beneficial than you may think.

Zack, Writer

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In the past month, social media giant Facebook has been embroiled in a data scandal of epic proportions. For those uninformed, the company “exposed data on 50 million Facebook users to a researcher who worked at Cambridge Analytica, which worked for the Trump campaign,” according to Vox. Since then, the public outcry has inspired thousands of users to start a movement in which they permanently delete their Facebook accounts. The movement manifests in a Twitter hashtag, #DeleteFacebook, and it has accumulated over 400,000 tweets of outrage towards the monolithic company.

Thousands of individuals are deleting their Facebook accounts in protest of the company’s exposed scandalous practices.

The question brewing in some people’s minds is, “Should I delete my account?” And the answer, of course, is yes. Participating in movements such as this prove that the public won’t disregard major corporate crimes in exchange for petty social media clicks. This scandal will undoubtedly leave Facebook with a lot of actions to answer for (CEO Mark Zuckerberg is being noticeably unhelpful with doing so), and the longer they stall, the more damage they’ll take.

Facebook took 50 million user accounts full of personal information and handed them over to a British consulting firm behind everyone’s back. The only way the truth got out was through a whistleblower. With that said, the public is right to have little to no more empathy for corrupt businesses such as Facebook.

Facebook has gotten away with scandalous actions for too long, and people are vigorously taking a stand.

By deleting your account, you’re contributing to the fight exponentially. Facebook has gotten away with breaches of personal data and information for far too long, and it’s time to take a stand. Deleting your account will not only add to the growing number of people willing to take action against corporate misdeeds, but your vulnerable personal data will be wiped from unwanted eyes.

To delete your Facebook account, start by visiting settings. Before you proceed with deletion, it’s a good idea to follow some of the steps that Mashable has provided to ensure that everything is how you want it when the account is gone. This includes saving photos you may want to keep and removing linked data to other apps such as Spotify. To actually delete your account, head to this link, sign in if you need to, and select ‘Delete My Account’. Once you confirm, you should be greeted with an email informing you that the deletion process has begun. It’s important to remember that logging into your account less than two weeks after this will restore it, so it’s best to cut all interaction with Facebook in that period. By doing all of this, you’ll be standing up for what’s right, and showing Facebook that we’re not going to take it anymore.

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