Thanks to a number of controversies over the last few years, more and more Facebook users are choosing to disconnect from the incredibly popular social media network. It’snow nearly impossible to use the platform without wondering what information Facebook has on you and what they’re doing with that information.
Whether you’re concerned about how Facebook protects your privacy or you’re worried about Facebook’s role in spreading disinformation in regard to political elections, there are plenty of reasons you might want to leave Facebook behind.
Like many other users, there’s a good chance you’ve shared some things on Facebook that you now wish you hadn’t. If you’re not ready to delete your account altogether, deleting all of your past Facebook posts is a great way to ease your privacy concerns without committing to a life without social media.
So, if you’re ready to wipe your social media slate clean and start fresh, let’s take a look at how you can easily delete all of your Facebook posts in just a few steps.
Why Delete Facebook Posts
They say the internet is forever, and Facebook is no exception.
From the moment you first created your Facebook account, you’ve been feeding the social media giant information about yourself. Telling them what you like to watch, do, and eat. You’ve also probably been sharing a bit too much with your Facebook friends, telling them how much you enjoy partying with no thought to what future employers might think.
Fast forward a decade or so and you’re not the person you once were. Maybe you catch a glimpse of a past post and cringe. Maybe the public face you now wear isn’t compatible with the Facebook image you’ve been inadvertently cultivating all these years. Maybe you’re not particularly bothered by it, but you’re just tired of the mess.
It’s time for a fresh start.
How to Save Facebook Posts
Hold your horses. Before you start tearing through that post history, there might actually be a few fond memories in there that you’d like to keep track of. Thankfully, Facebook makes it easy to package up and download all of your data. You just have to know where to look.
- Click on the Account Settings icon in the upper right corner of your Facebook home page.
- Click the Settings option in the drop-down menu.
- Click on Your Facebook Information in the menu on the left-hand side.
- Click Download Your Information.
- Choose a date range (or “all of my data”), format, and media quality. Then, click Create File.
Facebook will gift-wrap a neat little file for you filled with all your Facebook info. Now you can delete away from the website without worrying that you might be losing something important.
After completing these steps, Facebook will give you a file containing all of your data that has been collected over the years. Now, you can delete all of your past posts without worrying about losing any of your precious memories.
Side Note: Other sites, like Google, Snapchat, and Twitter, also offer the option to download your data. So, if you want to see what data other social media channels have collected, you can do so by following similar steps.
How to Delete Facebook Posts
Ready to scrub your Facebook history clean?
Let’s start with the basics. If you’re only concerned about a handful of posts, then you should just delete them manually. Go directly to the post and complete the following steps:
- Click the options icon in the upper right corner of the post and click Delete.
- Click Delete again to confirm.
Repeat these steps for every post you want to remove. Assuming you only want to get rid of a small number of posts, this is a much easier option and will preserve the rest of your Facebook content.
Remember that you can’t get these posts back. Once they’ve been deleted from Facebook, they’re gone for good (unless you downloaded them first). So, be mindful of what you delete.
Use an Extension for Mass Deletion
Deleting posts manually might be fine if you’re only concerned about a few, but it’ll take you forever to go through your entire post history this way.
Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t provide a method for mass deleting your history (unless you delete your account entirely). But there are some browser extensions, like Facebook Timeline Cleaner or Social Book Post Manager, that can help you do exactly that.
We’ll use Social Book Post Manager as an example. Here’s how to get it.
- Locate the extension at the Chrome Web Store.
- Click Add to Chrome.
- Click Add Extension.
This will add the extension to your browser so that you can start deleting your posts. Once you have it installed, it’s time to get started.
- Go to Facebook.
- Click on the Account Settings icon and click Activity Log.
- Click on the Social Book Post Manager extension icon in the top right corner of your browser.
- Set parameters for what you want to delete.
- Check whether or not you want to review the results before you hit delete.
- Decide how quickly you want it to move through your posts.
- Click Delete.
After hitting delete, check to make sure that the app is deleting all of your posts. In some cases, choosing a high speed setting can cause the extension to skip over some posts. f you notice that the app is missing posts, then you might want to try again at a lower speed.
In the meantime, take a moment and be sure that you want these posts deleted. Once they are gone from Facebook, they’re gone for good.
Facebook, and most other social media platforms, collect an extraordinary amount of data on each user. From the things you like to the people you know to the places you’ve been, Facebook probably knows more about you than your own family members.
This can, understandably, be concerning for some people. If you fall into this category, deleting your entire Facebook post history is a great way to get some peace of mind without completely disconnecting from social media.
By following these steps you can quickly and easily start to separate yourself from Facebook and its data-mining practices.