I created the Breadcrumb Trail to write about my personal, patriotic and prayer-filled journey throughout life. Some posts weigh more heavily in one of those areas, but there is one topic they always have in common. Freedom.
Over the last couple of years I have thought about deleting my Facebook account. My reasons have included many I’m confident you can relate to, including an excess amount of scroll time and feeling upset over a post (or 50) I read.
These two reasons share one thing in common. They share my ability to control these things. I can practice self control and not scroll at every free moment and I can unfollow people whose posts instigate negative emotions. My main reason for departing now is due to reasons that are unfortunately beyond my control.
When social media platforms were launched they were used as a form of communication and a way to stay connected to people. Today, they are used to influence the minds of many. The current trend of censorship and cancel culture is yet another topic that can be added to the list of divisiveness in our country.
In last weeks blog titled Hope, I wrote of my hope for the future. Hope that our world is not dictated to us by the narratives Big Tech companies want us to believe. My hope for the future is that people realize if you’re not paying for a product, like FB, YOU are the product.
Today I write as a patriot with the topic of freedom as my motivator. Freedom from the addiction of scrolling. Freedom from fear of missing out. Freedom of frustration from the keyboard warriors and trolls, and freedom of censorship and influence from those who lust for power and control.
If you’re someone who has been wanting to delete their Facebook, but have been holding on because of your photos being held hostage, I have the ingredients for freedom for you.
If you’re someone who has no intention of deleting Facebook, but want your pictures regardless, this one is also for you 😉
How to Retrieve all of your Facebook Photos in Less than 5 Minutes:
- Log into your Facebook account through a secure search engine like DuckDuckGo
- Click the downward facing arrow in the top right corner and select “Settings & Privacy”
- Select “Settings”
- From the left side menu, select “Your Facebook Information”
- Select “View” on the 3rd option “Download Your Information”
- From this page you can select which pieces of information you’d like to retrieve. “Photos and Videos” are the 2nd option and “Short Videos” are further down the list. Select any and all information you’d like to save.
- Click the blue “Create File” button.
- Wait for your file to download.
- Feel the freedom of being able to delete your Facebook account 🙂
I have tried this on the Facebook app several times and my session coincidently timed out every time.
In the remaining days of the month I will be posting information on how to decide if FB is doing more harm than good in your life and alternatives to using Facebook to share pictures and stay connected.
God bless every person reading and God bless and protect our country. I pray that the love and presence of Jesus Christ enters and remains within the hearts of all our nation’s leaders.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV