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Delete Facebook—How To Quit Your Facebook Account Now

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It seemed like Facebook was doing something good, but the social network has just given its 2 billion users another reason to delete their accounts. At the start of this week, Facebook announced it would no longer deploy controversial facial recognition technology and promised it would delete the nearly billion faces it had already collected.

Facebook’s decision seemed like a great move for people’s privacy—and judging by its history, almost too good to be true. It was—just two days later, Facebook’s owner Meta admitted that its metaverse products could still use facial recognition technology, according to Recode.

A spokesman for Meta told Recode that it will use a variety of biometric tools in the metaverse, including DeepFace—the AI system that matches facial templates from Facebook’s facial recognition system with people’s pictures. 

Exactly how this technology will be used isn’t yet clear, but it certainly makes sense that biometrics would play a part in Meta’s long term aims.

It comes after numerous Facebook whistleblowers accused the social network of putting “profits before people”—something the company has repeatedly denied. However, this latest news in combination with Facebook’s last few weeks has led more people to consider deleting their accounts and the #DeleteFacebook movement continues to gain pace.

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Why you should delete Facebook

Facebook is now called Meta, but that’s the parent company—the social network is still called Facebook. It’s the Facebook part of the Meta group—which also includes WhatsApp and Instagram—that is considered particularly toxic. It’s no wonder the Meta brand was created, when the Facebook name is associated with the Cambridge Analytica scandal, numerous hacks, outages and privacy infringements, and the recent Facebook Papers to name a few.

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Everyone knows that Facebook invades privacy—the battle between the social network and Apple has made it clear how Facebook relentlessly tracks you across other apps and services. Yes, Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature helps to reduce tracking on your iPhone, but you still have your other devices to worry about, and it doesn’t stop Facebook’s data collection altogether.

The recent Facebook outage gave many people a reason to quit the social network too. When Facebook and Instagram were down, some people realized that life could be better without these potentially toxic interactions.

How to delete Facebook and quit the social network for good

So you’ve decided to delete Facebook, or you want to explore quitting your account. I always advise people to at least delete the app from their phones to reduce the amount of data that can be collected—and that means Instagram too.

If you do want to quit altogether, deactivating your account isn’t good enough—it’s pretty pointless in fact as it doesn’t stop data collection and gives Facebook the chance to keep you in its claws. 

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There are a couple of things to consider first. You might want to download your data such as photos you want to keep. You will also need to reset the usernames and passwords on any accounts you use Facebook to log into.

After that, deleting Facebook is simple, just do the following: 

Go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Your Facebook Information > Deactivation and Deletion > Permanently Delete Account > Delete Account.

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On your phone go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Account Ownership and Control > Deactivation and Deletion > Delete Account. 

Also delete the Facebook app and revoke all permissions.

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And there you have it—you can delete Facebook now in a few simple steps and live happily in the knowledge that you have finally quit the social network for good.

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Updating Special Ad Audiences for housing, employment, and credit advertisers

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On June 21, 2022 we announced an important settlement with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will change the way we deliver housing ads to people residing in the US. Specifically, we are building into our ads system a method designed to make sure the audience that ends up seeing a housing ad more closely reflects the eligible targeted audience for that ad.

As part of this agreement, we will also be sunsetting Special Ad Audiences, a tool that lets advertisers expand their audiences for ad sets related to housing. We are choosing to sunset this for employment and credit ads as well. In 2019, in addition to eliminating certain targeting options for housing, employment and credit ads, we introduced Special Ad Audiences as an alternative to Lookalike Audiences. But the field of fairness in machine learning is a dynamic and evolving one, and Special Ad Audiences was an early way to address concerns. Now, our focus will move to new approaches to improve fairness, including the method previously announced.

What’s happening: We’re removing the ability to create Special Ad Audiences via Ads Manager beginning on August 25, 2022.

Beginning October 12th, 2022, we will pause any remaining ad sets that contain Special Ad Audiences. These ad sets may be restarted once advertisers have removed any and all Special Ad Audiences from those ad sets. We are providing a two month window between preventing new Special Ad Audiences and pausing existing Special Ad Audiences to enable advertisers the time to adjust budgets and strategies as needed.

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For more details, please visit our Newsroom post.

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Impact to Advertisers using Marketing API on September 13, 2022

For advertisers and partners using the API listed below, the blocking of new Special Ad Audience creation will present a breaking change on all versions. Beginning August 15, 2022, developers can start to implement the code changes, and will have until September 13, 2022, when the non-versioning change occurs and prior values are deprecated. Refer below to the list of impacted endpoints related to this deprecation:

For reading audience:

  • endpoint gr:get:AdAccount/customaudiences
  • field operation_status

For adset creation:

  • endpoint gr:post:AdAccount/adsets
  • field subtype

For adset editing:

  • endpoint gr:post:AdCampaign
  • field subtype

For custom audience creation:

  • endpoint gr:post:AdAccount/customaudiences
  • field subtype

For custom audience editing:

  • endpoint gr:post:CustomAudience

Please refer to the developer documentation for further details to support code implementation.

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Introducing an Update to the Data Protection Assessment

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Over the coming year, some apps with access to certain types of user data on our platforms will be required to complete the annual Data Protection Assessment. We have made a number of improvements to this process since our launch last year, when we introduced our first iteration of the assessment.

The updated Data Protection Assessment will include a new developer experience that is enhanced through streamlined communications, direct support, and clear status updates. Today, we’re sharing what you can expect from these new updates and how you can best prepare for completing this important privacy requirement if your app is within scope.

If your app is in scope for the Data Protection Assessment, and you’re an app admin, you’ll receive an email and a message in your app’s Alert Inbox when it’s time to complete the annual assessment. You and your team of experts will then have 60 calendar days to complete the assessment. We’ve built a new platform that enhances the user experience of completing the Data Protection Assessment. These updates to the platform are based on learnings over the past year from our partnership with the developer community. When completing the assessment, you can expect:

  • Streamlined communication: All communications and required actions will be through the My Apps page. You’ll be notified of pending communications requiring your response via your Alerts Inbox, email, and notifications in the My Apps page.

    Note: Other programs may still communicate with you through the App Contact Email.

  • Available support: Ability to engage with Meta teams via the Support tool to seek clarification on the questions within the Data Protection Assessment prior to submission and help with any requests for more info, or to resolve violations.

    Note: To access this feature, you will need to add the app and app admins to your Business Manager. Please refer to those links for step-by-step guides.

  • Clear status updates: Easy to understand status and timeline indicators throughout the process in the App Dashboard, App Settings, and My Apps page.
  • Straightforward reviewer follow-ups: Streamlined experience for any follow-ups from our reviewers, all via developers.facebook.com.

We’ve included a brief video that provides a walkthrough of the experience you’ll have with the Data Protection Assessment:

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The Data Protection Assessment elevates the importance of data security and helps gain the trust of the billions of people who use our products and services around the world. That’s why we are committed to providing a seamless experience for our partners as you complete this important privacy requirement.

Here is what you can do now to prepare for the assessment:

  1. Make sure you are reachable: Update your developer or business account contact email and notification settings.
  2. Review the questions in the Data Protection Assessment and engage with your teams on how best to answer these questions. You may have to enlist the help of your legal and information security points of contact to answer some parts of the assessment.
  3. Review Meta Platform Terms and our Developer Policies.

We know that when people choose to share their data, we’re able to work with the developer community to safely deliver rich and relevant experiences that create value for people and businesses. It’s a privilege we share when people grant us access to their data, and it’s imperative that we protect that data in order to maintain and build upon their trust. This is why the Data Protection Assessment focuses on data use, data sharing and data security.

Data privacy is challenging and complex, and we’re dedicated to continuously improving the processes to safeguard user privacy on our platform. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to build a safer, more sustainable platform.

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Resources for Completing App Store Data Practice Questionnaires for Apps That Include the Facebook or Audience Network SDK

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Resources for Completing App Store Data Practice Questionnaires for Apps That Include the Facebook or Audience Network SDK

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