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Source :, first aid in account termination

Want to ditch your online account? Shouldn't be a problem, right? Unfortunately, on many websites, including popular ones like Facebook, deleting your account can be a real pain.

AccountKiller collects direct links and deleting instructions to make account termination easy. Websites like Skype that do not allow deleting your profile in an easy way at all get blacklisted. Luckily there are websites that do care about your online privacy.

1- Go to :
Languages (bottom of page) : english | nederlands | deutsch | espaƱol

2- Click on the social media you want to delete then follow instructions.

FAQs :

Why did you create AccountKiller?
On many sites we experienced it's hard or often impossible to cancel one's account. The question 'how to delete my ... account' is asked many times in search engines. Answers can be found on many sites, mostly fragmented. One central point to easily find the fastest way would be nice, we already thought in the year 1965. From that point we started collecting deletion instructions. There you go, here you are. Additionally we created some kind of ranking ('white', 'grey' and 'black' sites).

What do the (site, list) colours indicate? (white, grey, black)
On a white-listed site, it should be easy to automatically delete your account. Perhaps with a couple of clicks, using a deletion link.
A black-listed site indicates it's probably impossible or highly difficult to get rid of your account. In some cases we hand you an email address so you can contact the site anyway. Otherwise, you may visit the site and search for contact information, and ask them for account removal.
Finally, the grey-listed sites are somewhere inbetween. It may cost your some irritation or effort - but it should be possible to terminate your account. This is the case when you need to send a mail to the site, send a message using a webform or even ring them.

Why do sites often make it difficult or even impossible to delete your account?
The answer is often: customer retention. In other words, they wish to make money with your data. However, for a market to function efficiently, transparency is required. If sites are not transparent, you will incur some loss: time, money, and... your mood.
Alternatively, developers may simply be ignorant, lazy or incompetent, i.e. not being able to create some account deletion function.

On sites with lots of messages, comments, etc., deleting an account and its messages can ruin a stream of text or delicious discussion. What about that?
That may be so, by deleting both the user and the comments. Another solution is to delete the account, but leave the message, replacing the user name/info by 'Deleted User', often implemented by creators of forums. In cases where your submitted content remains visible while your account gets deleted, you may want to try to delete and/or anonymise those data before deleting the account. This may be a painstaking event, so be aware! Alternatively you may try to contact the site and 'simply' request deletion of your data. This may not be possible due to technical or legal reasons, but if you don't try you won't win. Also see the next question.

How about data retention after I deleted my account somewhere?
It usually takes much effort to go through Terms of Service, User Agreements, Privacy Pages and the like, to find out about data retention. Actually most of the time such info is simply absent. AccountKiller's first purpose is to get rid of your account, and often you cannot be certain that all your data are truly erased (even if a site claims it does). Reasons may be: (1) legal: it's not allowed somehow to delete your data, especially in the case of commercial sites, (2) during a deletion, a dump file of your history may be kept somewhere, (3) as proper developers know, even if you anonymise your data, often history records of those changes are kept in the database, (4) creators of a site are too lazy or incompetent to create full deletion or simply don't want to do it, 5) fill in yourself.... So, there you have some reaons. Unfortuantely and no matter what others say: personal requests for deletion and anonymisation are no golden bullets for your privacy whatsoever. So it's a good start for a publicly visible account to be deleted, the backgrounds in the database may remain unclear, but in general only pose a risk in the case of serious hacks (or malicious database owners). However if you wish to give it a try: anonymise or delete your submitted data manually and/or contact the site 'simply' requesting deletion. If you can't find a contact address, a whois command for the domain name may help you further. Now and then we provide this. But you know what we said, the costs of your trial may outweigh the benefits. Therefore the final tip is: simply don't fear too much, while making sure you don't anything serious to hide. ;)

I lost my username or password, what can I do?
If you lost your login/username and don't know how to delete your account now, this can be a hint: contact the site anyway, by finding the contact address or a webform (or even a telephone number if you like). Tell them your situation and ask what would be best. Perhaps you should identify yourself by sending a copy of your passport or identity card. If you used your real name or anything that may identify you, your account may be tracked successfully.

I submitted a site, but it's not present. What's up?
Many people submit sites. Perhaps we simply didn't have time to check it yet. Or the information was incomplete. Or it's in a language we don't understand. Please submit them in English.

Some deletion instruction pages are in language X, but the instruction text is in language Y?!
To reach more people, the page templates are in a couple of languages. But we don't speak all of them. Most instructions are in English anyway, we suppose nearly everyone speaks it. Otherwise, use e.g. Google Translate.

My site is listed, but the information is false. What can I do?
Sites change all the time. It's hard to keep up with all changes in real-time. Besides, most of our content is submitted by our users and errors can creep into the content. If you feel your site is wrongfully listed, please contact us to inform us about any false claims or information.

What kind of statistics do you keep for your site?
In order to track the usage habits of our visitors, we collect information using Google Analytics - such as your IP address, your ISP (internet service provider), your web browser, the time you visited the site, and which pages you viewed during your visit. We do not gather or store any information which can be used to identify you personally (such as your name, email address, physical address, telephonenumber, bank account number or credit card numbers).

How did you gather all deletion instructions, and can I use/spread them?
Most of the pages were acquired by reading through sites (ToS, PP, FAQ), creating accounts ourselves and trying to get rid of them. Then, some content was learnt from visitors telling us what to do and from other sources on the web. This is all information to be found in the public domain (rarely with the exception of personal tips from visitors) and therefore cannot be copyrighted. Actually we appreciate it if you spread the information from our site.

How can I contact you guys?
Mail us at - we'll be delighted to talk to you. If you (still) have a Facebook account, please visit our Facebook page and leave a message!



Source: Facebook records and uses everything about you

Facebook has information about you that you have never given to it.

And you'll never know how he got them.

Have you ever wondered if Facebook is recording you? You have a discussion with an acquaintance on a particular topic. While you have not also spoken by message, email or google anything related, the same evening Facebook offers a pub on this subject. Another example, you meet someone for the first time at a party and the next day, the social network suggests you as a friend. You are far from alone in this case.

Rest assured, Facebook does not listen to your conversations, but what it does is perhaps even more disturbing. His algorithm is so sophisticated that he knows your interests and guesses the content of your conversations. If he can understand you so well, it means that he gathers thousands of information about you, including some that you do not think give him. These fears have become a chestnut, but researchers have just highlighted a new aspect of bulimia information social network.

Facebook uses your contacts

An experiment conducted by several scientists at Princeton University and Northeastern University concluded that Facebook can get some information about you without you ever sharing it with them. And Facebook does not inform you then that it holds them.

The most telling example is probably the contact catalog. Take the illustration made by Guizmodo. A Facebook user, Anna, shares her contacts with the social network to suggest friends and girlfriends to add. In his contacts is Ben's landline phone number. This number is not the one provided Ben when he created his Facebook account - he gave his cell number. Only in Ben's contact card on Anna's phone is also the boy's email address. The latter is linked to Ben's Facebook account. Facebook's algorithm will therefore link Ben's fixed number to his Facebook account, even though the boy never provided the social network with this data.

Worse, Ben will never know because Facebook believes that it would be violating the privacy of Anna to reveal his list of contacts. Since the boy is unaware of this fact, he can not remove his fixed number from Facebook news or prevent advertisers from using it.

Security inquiries

Experience has also shown that some information is siphoned by Facebook and usable by advertisers, while users and users may think that they are private and secure because they and they have communicated for reasons of ... security. This is the case of the phone numbers provided to receive an e-mail when connecting to an unknown device or to secure his password.

Phone numbers and email addresses are called PII by the research team. PII is Personally Identifiable Information, personally identifiable information, that is, directly related to you. This allows advertisers perfect accuracy.

You are warned!


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