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Reasons I have deleted my Facebook account

I have deleted my Facebook account. Everyone should do the same. Don't take my word for it. Read a few articles about Facebook instead and make up your own mind whether you should give them your personal data and thereby legitimise their business practices:

  1. Facebook is a law-breaking "digital gangster," UK government report says.
  2. Facebook may face multi-billion dollar fine by the US Federal Trade Commision for Cambridge Analytica scandal
  3. Facebook is told by American lawmakers to stop spreading Anti-Vaccination propaganda that has led to US outbreak of measles
  4. Facebook has misused a developer certificate for iOS to get data from underage children's mobile phones even if it violates Apple's terms of service.
  5. And the list goes on and on and on about how this company has no morals and a lot of greed and treats their users as garbage for the sake of earning money.

I would suggest not just deleting your account, but also actively blocking any Javascript from Facebook through browser extensions to avoid them building a shadow profile on you. They are known to build profiles on anyone visiting any site with a Facebook "like"-button or Facebook "Share this on Facebook"-button, even for people that are not Facebook users. Ie, even if you are not a user, you are contributing your data to Facebook if you do not actively block their Javascript on all sites on the internet.

(Blocking all Javascript that is unnecessary for the sites you actually use to function is a good way to make the web experience faster and more secure (since a lot of malware comes in the form of advertising, or malwaretising, that runs Javascript on your machine through your browser) and generally a good idea. A good way to do this is to use Firefox with NoScripts. I also add uBlock Origin and https everywhere for added security against man-in-the-middle attacks and malwaretising.)

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