CNET: How to permanently delete your Facebook account and keep your photos

CNET: How to permanently delete your Facebook account and keep your photos. “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.”

Consumer Reports: How to Quit Facebook

Consumer Reports: How to Quit Facebook. “…for anyone who’s fed up after years of bad news about Facebook, there’s no need to wait for legislators or regulatory bodies to take action. If you want to give the platform one more chance, you could just adjust your Facebook privacy settings, or follow some steps to promote a healthier experience on social media. Otherwise, if you’re ready to say goodbye to Facebook, read the following directions first to avoid some pitfalls.”

PC Magazine: Done With Facebook? How to Transfer Your Posts to Another Service

PC Magazine: Done With Facebook? How to Transfer Your Posts to Another Service. “Facebook now allows you to transfer a copy of your posts to Google Docs, Blogger, and WordPress…. One limitation here is that the transfer option didn’t work for me in Firefox. Instead, you may have to use Chrome or Edge for this process. For a more in-depth understanding of this feature, check out Facebook’s help page. Now, let’s see how it plays out.”

MakeUseOf: 9 Alternative Apps You Need to Quit Facebook for Good

MakeUseOf: 9 Alternative Apps You Need to Quit Facebook for Good . “Facebook’s reputation is in the gutter right now. Privacy scandals, unchecked snooping, and the mishandling of user data all mean that trust in the company has hit a new low. The fact that Facebook owns other major services such as Instagram and WhatsApp only heightens concerns over its activities. So what do you need to do to quit Facebook completely? In this article, we list the apps you’ll need if you want to quit the Facebook ecosystem entirely. They’re the best alternatives to Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.”

University of Toronto: Who’s in control? U of T researcher examines why it’s so difficult to disconnect from social media

University of Toronto: Who’s in control? U of T researcher examines why it’s so difficult to disconnect from social media. “Academics have spent the last decade studying connectivity and social media – a trend that has more than two billion people around the world on Facebook and counting. For Tero Karppi, however, the focus has instead been disconnection… His new book, Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds, explores the challenges users face when they try to deactivate their Facebook accounts, and how efforts by social media companies to keep users logging in may be giving us less control over our digital lives.”

Recode: If you can quit social media, but don’t, then you’re part of the problem, Jaron Lanier says

Recode: If you can quit social media, but don’t, then you’re part of the problem, Jaron Lanier says. “On this week’s new episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Kara Swisher talks with Jaron Lanier, a VR pioneer and longtime technology critic who currently works at Microsoft Research. He’s the author of a new book, ’10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now’ and explains why those who have the opportunity to quit platforms like Facebook and Twitter should do so. He compares the problem to past crusades against ‘mass addictions’ like smoking or drunk driving, arguing that hearing more voices from people who are outside of the addiction may be the most helpful way to turn the tide.” The link includes a transcript, and don’t I have something to think about this weekend.

Wired: Deleting Facebook? Here Are The Best Alternatives For What You’ll Miss

Wired: Deleting Facebook? Here Are The Best Alternatives For What You’ll Miss. “Facebook itself has admitted that mindlessly scrolling on its platform isn’t good for you. If all that has you thinking about deleting Facebook entirely, you’re far from alone. (Quitting the social network is also somewhat of a first-world privilege, since for many people Facebook functions as the entire internet itself.) But going cold turkey can be hard; Facebook actually provides useful services sometimes, and there’s no one-for-one replacement. Fortunately, you can pretty easily cobble together anything you might miss from Facebook with a combination of apps and services. It won’t be the exact same, but at least you’ll be less tempted to go back.”