Facebook is a mess when it comes to securing user data and respecting their privacy, and their Messenger app is no different. The harvesting of user data, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the constant security breaches can all be good reasons to delete Facebook Messenger.
Is Facebook Messenger private? Not really. It ranks poorly in our secure messaging app list because it tracks your behavior, lacks a default encryption option, and doesn’t encrypt your past conversations. Moreover, it has access to your camera, microphone, and contacts.
Read about how to use social media cautiously and make your data as private as possible here.
Deactivating Messenger is simple. However, if your Messenger account is connected to your Facebook account, you will have to deactivate your Facebook account first.
The following Messenger deactivation steps apply to both the iOS and Android platforms:
However, this will not delete all of your info from Messenger. People will still be able to see your messages and chat history. All it takes to reactivate your account is to log in.
Deactivating your Facebook account will not automatically deactivate your Messenger account as the app is separate from Facebook.
You can also create a new Messenger account using your phone number and name, not your existing Facebook account.
If you don’t want to leave Messenger entirely, but you want to turn it off for a while, here’s how:
You will now be shown as inactive. You can also disable notifications by:
To get rid of Facebook Messenger completely, you will have to delete your Facebook account to remove all your data. However, you may have to wait for a few months until your data will be completely removed.
If you are using the stand-alone version of the app without having a Facebook account, you can deactivate by following the points listed above or simply delete the app.
To delete a message or a photo, do the following steps:
Deleting separate conversations is a fairly straightforward procedure:
To delete them on Messenger, you should:
Deleting Facebook Messenger is a great start towards ensuring your privacy on social media. However, if you use any other platforms, it's worth checking out our social media privacy tips to see how else you can secure your social life online.
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