Should I Quit Social Media?
This is a really tough question and one that many people ask themselves every single day. Many people closed their Facebook accounts after the government investigations into Facebook’s data sharing and storage. Once people learned that everything that happens on Facebook is stored forever on Facebook, many were angry and felt betrayed. Upon learning exactly how much data Facebook was turning around and sharing and selling for profit, many more jumped ship. So many people did not realize the extent to which the company was storing, keeping and using their private, personal data, even their direct messages.
If you really don’t go on Facebook or other sites that much, it may be totally worth it to lower your digital footprint by deleting these accounts. Some accounts of phone applications won’t even let you delete your account yourself. There has been recent heat on applications like LetGo, Dibbs, and many others that will not let you delete your account at all, you have to email technical support and wait for them to remove your data, and even then, they keep your data stored in their databases. You may have a long wait for them to delete your account too, since there are a lot of people in line. LetGo is especially invasive, because they have location tracking on at all times and this data is shared. The misuse of the app is very prevalent. It is wise to be very careful about what apps you download and even if you can’t get through their intentionally long and wordy privacy policies, you should always check Help or FAQs for the account deletion policy before downloading.
If your life and business is very caught up in social media, for instance, if you use social media to both communicate and connect with customers and potential customers, then you may not want to delete your accounts. It’s debatable whether many people use Facebook business pages as much now that most people have migrated over to Instagram. Since Facebook owns Instagram, they automatically push for you to link these two accounts much in the way Tinder and other dating apps push for this, but you don’t have to as a requirement of use with all apps. If you don’t want that data crossing between the two applications, then don’t link your Facebook and Instagram accounts. If you do use Instagram a lot for your products or services or personal brand or just to meet and share with like minded individuals, then you also won’t want to delete your accounts.
If you want to keep your accounts and even if you don’t you can reach out to a personal data removal company like Wiperts to get input and expertise on the subject. They can give you great input and advice on what the best approach will be for your specific situation in your life or business. If there is certain data you don’t want online, they can work with you to get that taken care of. They have reasonable prices and a lot of experience in dealing with private data issues.