A lot of people have this error, and my goal at StevenJohal.com is to share information in which you can’t find normally on Google, but now you will be by landing here. I had an issue deactivating my facebook account and tried Googling the error and found no success. I only found more people with the same error and they couldn’t deactivate their facebook.
First of all why did I deactivate? It has something to do with me involved with web development. I feel as if my progress in my work was being stalked through facebook. It was just a privacy hazard. I could stop using it altogether, but the problem is its connected to my email which is networked with my blackberry. There are many workarounds to avoid all of this, but with facebook it seems like one failure after another, so finally I was just like forget it. Its bloody nonsense! I first tried removing email alerts so I went to email settings and unchecked everything, but still my blackberry would continue to get alerts. I setup a sound profile called The Office which basically mutes facebook alerts when I’m in Office mode, but it doesn’t seem to be the ideal workaround. “At the end of the day,” I want to focus on my work and college and not this nonsense. It seems slightly played out and died off, facebook.
Now here’s the problem and solution many people are having. You try to deactivate facebook and you get an error: “Unable to deactivate your account because you are the only developer of a Platform application. Please either delete the application or assign a new owner before deactivating your account.”
Now, back in the days I might have tried to develop and application for fun, or basically play around with their API, since I do web engineering, but this is stupid, why would it prevent deactivation? I found instructions like this which may help you but if it doesn’t read on.
1. log on as http://www.facebook.com/developer
2. press ALLOW
3.go to MY application. ( for some reason your old one will be there) then remove it.
4. then go to deactivate your account.
If you didn’t have any applications listed there at all, its ok, there’s another issue. If you created fan pages I guess for whatever reason those are mysteriously considered Platform applications. Basically if you don’t want to get rid of them, you have to assign them new owners. I didn’t want to get rid of my Steven Johal fan page which I use for StevenJohal.com and I didn’t want to get rid of my Funny Commercials fan page which i use for Funny Commercials. So what I did was assign them to a new owner. I assigned it to my friends dog’s facebook account as foolish as that sounds. For those that need help, I’ll help you out with pictures. Get your friends dog or whatever facebook account to become a fan of all your fan pages, then assign them as admins. From your main account which created the fan pages click “see all” under the list of people that like this. Find your friends dog or whatever and click “Make Admin.”
Then click Edit Page under the page’s profile pic. Next to admins you should see your friends dog and yourself. Remove yourself as an admin, and unlike the page. You have successfully removed your connection with the page now and transferred it. Do this for all pages which you have created. Finally go back to the deactivation place and check the box that says “Permanently delete all applications for which I’m the only developer.” Obviously backup anything you have important just in case. And if you successfully transferred the ownership of these pages, then you shouldn’t have issues of losing it forever, so don’t worry. I also checked the box for email Opt out.
After you type in your password and type in the CAPTCHA it should be successfully deactivated. Wow what complicated nonsense.
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