How to Wipe Your Social Media Data and Start 2021 With a Clean Slate

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Social media companies collect a lot of personal information in a typical year. If you want to start the new year with a clean slate, you should try to delete this data. Below are instructions on how to wipe your data for the new year.

Facebook

You should focus your efforts on Facebook, as they’re one of the biggest collectors of private data in the world.

Off-Site Facebook Activity

Log into your Facebook account and click the arrow at the top right of the screen.

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Click ‘Settings & privacy.’

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Click ‘Settings.’

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Select ‘Your Facebook information.’

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Under the heading ‘Off-Facebook activity,’ click ‘View.’

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Under the heading ‘What you can do,’ click ‘Manage your off-Facebook activity.’ You may be asked to enter your password again to confirm your identity.

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Click ‘Clear history’ at the top of the page.

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Click ‘Clear history.’

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Once back on your activity page, click ‘Manage Future Activity.’

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In the pop-up window, click ‘Manage Future Activity.’

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Under the headings ‘Future off-Facebook activity,’ click the blue switch.

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Click ‘Turn off’ to confirm the action.

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Please Note: If you go through with these actions, you will no longer be able to log into apps or services using Facebook. Before turning off this feature, ensure you have added alternate login methods to your apps or services. 

Limiting Data Collection

After disabling off-Facebook activity collection, you should do everything you can to lower the amount of personal data Facebook collects.

Post as infrequently as possible. Facebook collects information from the things you post to your page. Facebook collects both images and text to create more profitable ads.

You should not use Facebook’s ‘check-in’ feature. Checking-in gives Facebook information about which businesses and events you frequent.

Ensure you keep your location data turned off or remove Facebook’s permission to collect information from your phone.

Twitter

Twitter doesn’t provide you with a tool to completely wipe your data, but you can reduce the amount of information the site collects.

Log into your Twitter account, click ‘More’ and then ‘Settings & privacy.’

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Click ‘Privacy and safety.’

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Click ‘Ads preferences.’

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Ensure the box under ‘Personalized ads’ is unchecked, then click the blue arrow at the top left of the screen.

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Click ‘Off-Twitter activity.’

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Ensure both boxes on the page are unchecked, then click on the blue arrow in the top left of the screen.

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Click ‘Data sharing with business partners.’

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Ensure the box is unchecked, and then click the blue arrow on the screen’s top left.

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Select ‘Location Information.’

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Ensure the box under ‘Personalize based on places you’ve been’ is unchecked.

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Be Careful What You’re Posting

While it’s not possible to wipe all of your data from the internet, these steps should have given you a head start in 2021.

You should be careful when you post information to your social media accounts. Social media companies use these posts to gather information about you. The best way to limit the leaking of your personal data is to put as little of it out there as possible.

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William Worrall
William Worrall
A gaming and technology writer who has been building computers and tinkering with software since he was a teenager. Previously involved with various prestigious websites, including TechRaptor.net and CCN.COM

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