The Facebook account deletion grace period has gone from 14 days to 30, in hopes users change their minds after opting out…
Social behemoth Facebook doesn’t want irked users to quit for good. So, the company has extended its account termination grace period from 14 to 30 days. That’s probably long enough for any miffed users to rethink their decisions to cancel.
Facebook Account Deletion Grace Period Extended to 30 Days
Now, anyone who closes out their account will have a month to jump back on to the bandwagon. A Facebook spokesperson tells The Verge:
“We recently increased the grace period when you choose to delete your Facebook account from 14 days to 30 days. We’ve seen people try to log in to accounts they’ve opted to delete after the 14-day period. The increase gives people more time to make a fully informed choice.”
Facebook extended this time limit because it’s experiencing a downturn in users sharing less original content. (People simply aren’t posting as much as they did in the past.) And, it’s also losing users to rival Snapchat. Plus, younger users are abandoning Facebook or foregoing it entirely in favor of its subsidiary, Instagram. Of course, it’s also trying to overcome recent scandals, to boot.
So, anyone who deletes their profile will have thirty days to restore their data, instead of just fourteen; thereafter, it’s gone. This also provides users with an opportunity to take a 30-day challenge and then join back in again.