Tell Facebook Your Trust Counts

Facebook allowed the private data of 50 million of its users to be mined and used without consent by Cambridge Analytica, advisers to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign.

Facebook has thus far disclaimed any responsibility. They claim that an app owned by Cambridge Analytica breached Facebook's Terms of Service.

This is bullshit. We need to let Facebook's leaders know that they must fix this breach of trust. But how?

Just Sign Out

Facebook makes money with our data. A concerted campaign by individuals to deprive them of that data, even if it’s only for a day or a week or a month, will be noticed.


  • New York Times
  • Channel 4

Here are some easy, immediate steps you can take:

  1. Set up an autoreply message on Facebook and Facebook Messenger, explaining that you will be off Facebook for a certain number of days, weeks or months, and your reason why. Please link back to this page (, to encourage others to take action.
  2. Share this page with your friends on Facebook. {link tktk}
  3. Sign out of Facebook. Remember to sign out “everywhere” — Facebook tracks you across the internet. Remain signed out for as long as you can. :-)
Mark Zuckerberg, World Economic Forum 2009 Annual Meeting


Why This Approach?

Why Not Delete My Account? It’s unlikely that we can persuade many people to delete their accounts entirely — and anyway that would be like cutting off your nose to spite your Facebook. It’s your data, your social graph. But, by all means, go ahead and delete your account if you feel that would be more effective.

How to set your autoreply

Help Out

Contributions and complaints are entirely welcome.

About Me (Chris Carson)

I’m an Angular web developer based in Austin, Texas. Most days you can find at my desk at Flightpath Coffeehouse. Look for the old guy on the patio near the bike rack. Not in Austin? Contact me at chris[at] or @chriscarson on Twitter.