Contrary to widespread belief, Facebook does not deactivate inactive accounts, even if they remain inactive for a long time. Facebook only deactivates accounts that violate its Terms of Service. Facebook may send you an email reminding you to log in and check your notifications, but there is no penalty for remaining inactive.
If you want to deactivate your Facebook account, you can deactivate it yourself.
- Click Account Menu at the top of any Facebook page
- Select Settings
- Click Security in the column
- Choose Deactivate Your Account and follow the steps to confirm
If you have a friend or family member who is mentally or physically unable to maintain a Facebook account, Facebook can help you deactivate or delete it. Just submit a Request to Facebook and provide the requested documentation. If you are worried about a deceased friend or family member's account, you can memorialize the account. Send a Memorialization Request to Facebook. You can request the removal of a deceased loved one's page by contacting Facebook
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