By Kate O’Flaherty
As Facebook seemed to be making a positive turn, the social networking site gave its 2 billion users one more reason to delete their accounts. Earlier last week, Facebook announced it would no longer use the controversial face recognition technology and vowed to delete the nearly one billion people it has already collected.
Facebook’s decision was seen as a very positive move to protect personal data – but judging by its prehistory, it was too good to be true. A fear that was confirmed just two days later, when Facebook parent company Meta admitted that the products of its new metaverse virtual reality platform (meta-universe) could still use face recognition technology, according to Recode.
A Meta spokesman told Recode that the platform would use a range of biometric tools in its “meta-universe”, including DeepFace technology – an artificial intelligence system that “matches” face patterns from Facebook’s face recognition system with faces in photos.
Exactly how this technology will be used has not yet been clarified, but it certainly makes sense that biometrics will play a role in Meta’s long-term goals.
Ah. The catch “Facebook this week announced that it will no longer deploy facial recognition technologies on its platform, but the social network’s parent company, Meta, said that the commitment does not apply to its metaverse products” https://t.co/RYEdauplrq
— Privacy Matters (@PrivacyMatters) November 4, 2021
Facebook’s decision comes as accusations from many “informants” that social media puts “profit above people” – a category that the company has repeatedly denied. However, this latest news combined with what has been revealed about Facebook in recent weeks has pushed even more people to consider deleting their accounts and further strengthened the #DeleteFacebook movement.
Why you should delete Facebook
Facebook is now called Meta, but the name change concerns the parent company – the social networking site is still called Facebook. And Facebook is the part of the Meta group – which also includes WhatsApp and Instagram – that is considered highly toxic. Not surprisingly, the parent company was renamed Meta when Facebook’s name was linked to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, numerous data leaks, downtime and privacy breaches, and more recently the Facebook Papers case.
After all, everyone knows that Facebook violates users’ privacy – and the “battle” between social media and Apple has shown that Facebook is constantly monitoring you even in other applications and services. Apple helps reduce downtime when using your iPhone – although you should be concerned about the rest of your devices – but does not completely remove Facebook data collection.
The recent “fall” of Facebook also gave many people a reason to abandon social media, and when Facebook and Instagram “fell”, some people realized that life could be better without these potentially toxic interactions.
How to permanently delete Facebook
If you too have decided to delete Facebook or want to see how you can close your account, here are some important tips.
I always advise people to at least delete the app from their phones to reduce the amount of data that the social media can collect – deletion also includes the Instagram app.
But if you want to get rid of it permanently, deactivating your account is not enough – in fact it is useless as it does not interrupt the collection of data and allows Facebook to keep you in its “claws”.
There are some things to consider first. For example, you might want to “download” your data, such as photos you want to keep, and you will also need to change the passwords for any accounts you sign in to through Facebook.
After doing the above, deleting Facebook is simple. You just need to follow these steps:
– Go to “Settings and Privacy”> “Settings”> “My Facebook Information”> “Disable and Delete”> “Permanently Delete Account”> “Delete Account”.
On your phone, go to “Settings and Privacy”> “Settings”> “Own and Check Account”> “Disable and Delete”> “Delete Account”.
Also delete the Facebook app and revoke all licenses you have granted.
You did it – so you can delete Facebook in a few simple steps and live happily knowing that you have finally given up on social media.
Source From: Forbes