Yet Another Facebook Story: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave

According to The New York Times, the Facebook group “How to permanently delete your facebook account” has almost 4,300 members and is steadily growing.
“It’s like the Hotel California,” said Nipon Das, 34, a director at a biotechnology consulting firm in Manhattan, who tried unsuccessfully to delete his account this fall. “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”
“The thing they offer advertisers is that they can connect to groups of people. I can see why they wouldn’t want to throw away anyone’s information, but there’s a conflict with privacy,” said Alan Burlison, 46, a British software engineer who succeeded in deleting his account only after he complained in the British press.
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[UPDATE] Brandee Barker at Facebook said, “We are working to better explain the simple deactivation process, and to ease the deletion process for those who want their personal information removed from our servers.” Additional information can be found on the Facebook help page.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.