Yesterday I spent untold hours trying to properly configure a Facebook — er, Meta? — page to which I could auto-post what I write here. I finally got so fed up that I deleted everything (I think), and it occurs to me that others might feel the same way on occasion. Therefore I am posting the very deeply buried deletion instructions that I finally found:
- Click your profile picture in the top right of Facebook.
- Select Settings & Privacy, then click Settings.
- Click Your Facebook Information.
- Click Deactivation and Deletion.
- Choose Delete Account, then click Continue to account deletion.
- Click Delete Account, enter your password and then click Continue.
I don’t know how successful I was, since apparently even thinking the word “Facebook” will reactivate your old account(s), thereby confusing every attempt you make to establish an entirely new account and page. But for what it’s worth, in the moment, clicking “delete” did feel very satisfying.
Supposedly if you don’t relog into your account for 30 days, your deletion will become final. But frankly, I’m pretty sure it had been way more than 30 days for me and the old stuff still reappeared and started confusing things.
Until the next time, Facebook …
Banner image: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
Update, Sept. 17, 2022: This worked. I deleted two confused pages/sites, waited 31 full days, and went back. It was as though Facebook had never seen me before. Of course, in the process of trying to link WordPress, Jetpack had me set up what apparently is a business page on Facebook. Pied Type is not a business but at least the autoposts are working, so I’ll let it ride.