How to delete your Facebook and Instagram accounts - or, at least, lock them down as tightly as possible
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- A growing number of people are talking about deleting their Facebook accounts after all the company's scandals.
- Here's how to delete your Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp accounts, thus wiping your data from the Facebook empire entirely.
- And if you can't or don't want to leave Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp wholesale, we've pulled together advice on how to reduce the amount of data it collects about you.
Facebook has had a bad year.
From successive privacy scandals, to outrage over the social network's role in spreading hate speech that fueled genocide in Myanmar, the negative headlines about Facebook have been relentless. And that's not to mention the backlash to a possible Instagram redesign that would replace the traditional vertical feed with a horizontal one, which Facebook mistakenly rolled out to some users on Thursday morning.
Combined with growing awareness of tech addiction and "digital well-being," some people are taking the decision to disconnect from Facebook and its family of apps entirely, or radically cut back on their usage.
So if you're mulling over deleting your account on Facebook and its associated apps for your new year's resolution, Business Insider has compiled a guide on exactly how you do it.
And if you can't bear to entirely leave the house that Mark Zuckerberg built, but want to cut down what data you're sharing with the company, here's how you do that too.