In the growing world of social media and virtual interactions, the constant barrage of digital updates and information can become stressful. Complaints about the overuse of Facebook, the trolling on Twitter and the lesser-known realms of Google+ and LinkedIn are commonplace, causing many people to opt out of social media platforms altogether.
Retaining a high level of privacy online is becoming an increasingly significant issue, and has led to many people asking for information about them to be removed from search engines. Since the right to be forgotten legislature was introduced in May of this year, over 91,000 people in the EU have asked Google to remove an article, webpage or forum post that features them. Although only 50% of these URLs have been removed, it has still become apparent that a growing number of people are worried about the amount of their personal information that exists online for everyone to see.
Removing webpages and profiles containing information might not be as simple as it appears, however. Some social media platforms require multiple steps to delete profiles, and even then may retain some information and images. In order to ensure that every last bit of data is removed, it is necessary to be incredibly thorough. This infographic by Imprima serves as a guide to those wishing to remove their social media profiles and web pages, offering step-by-step advice on what to do to ensure that as little information as possible remains online.
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