John Haltiwanger on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:03:54 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> In the eye of the Cambridge Analytica storm

That implies that we do not have any legal standing to launch a lawsuit over a delete button that does nothing of the sort.

It's also a tool whose existence does not preclude deleting the account. I've designed it around my own use case, however: leaving FB as a social network (quite visibly so, I might add -- more visibly so than a simple deletion) while still remaining discoverable through it.

On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 7:59 PM, Eric Miller <> wrote:
Don’t know what good it would do to remove the posts from the timeline.  Most likely the ‘display’ rule is a setting in the database and is yet another useful datapoint for mining and analysis.  I seriously doubt the post itself disappears from Facebook’s systems.  Maybe Facebook’s TOC says they actually do delete the content when you do, but now that we’re seeing how well Facebook honors those privacy commitments...


Eric Miller
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> On Mar 21, 2018, at 11:54 AM, John Haltiwanger <> wrote:
> The idea is to remove all the activity from your timeline (backing up what it can along the way), but to keep the FB account open so that you can have a single post: the details of how to contact you elsewhere. This alleviates a primary anxiety of leaving: how to do so without becoming impossible to find.

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