If you haven’t lived under a rock, you probably heard that Facebook did come under some fire recently. There is this ongoing story with Cambridge Analytica, which somehow suggests that Facebook did indeed play a certain role in the US election and that they generally are not too careful with the personal data they own. Well, and there have been some other things in the past.

For some general overview whats going on at Facebook, I recommend this excellent article on Wired.

So what can you do if you want to leave the game, or at least minimize your personal footprint within Facebook?

Obviously deleting the complete account is the ultimate solution. But be careful, there is a difference between deactivating and deleting your account. Read more about this and how to really get rid of all your data here.

If you’re, like me, not ready yet to say byebye to Zuckerborg, you can limit the data Facebook shares with 3rd parties, as described here. But read closely, this can lead to some unwanted side effects.

And finally, there is the nice Social Book Post Manager plugin for the Chrome browser (I’m using this), which helps you to delete your old posts and likes – you don’t really believe someone is interested in your post from three years ago or that you’ll check out your own Facebook history when you’re retired, do you?