With the recent privacy change controversies people are starting to consider leaving FaceBook altogether. In theory this is pretty easy. Just go to this link on Facebook (you’ll need to be logged in) and click submit. Your account will be deleted. So will anything you uploaded and you will no longer be an administrator on any pages or groups.

Here’s the interesting part.

Facebook doesn’t want you to make any rash decisions so your account will not be deleted for two weeks. If, for any reason you login to Facebook during those two weeks your account will be re-activated and all your content will magically re-appear. So if you really want to quit, delete the cookies that log you back in or just don’t go to Facebook for a couple of weeks. Or ever.

It’s important to note that this is different from deactivating your account.

You can do this on your Facebook account page by clicking the link that says “Deactivate Account”. This will remove your profile and store all your data so you can turn it back on at any time. In addition if you are deactivated friends can still tag you in posts and images, send you invites to events and applications can still email you.

Section 2.1 of the current (as of 5/17/10) Facebook terms of use states:

For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.

So if you’re friends have shared your content on their own walls etc it stays on Facebook.

One last thing

If you’ve ever used Facebook connect to log in to a web site, service or comment on a blog you’re not going to be able to do that anymore.

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