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How to delete a Facebook business page

Follow these steps to erase your Facebook page if it's a duplicate, out of date or inaccessible

Facebook is attractive to all kinds of businesses for a variety of reasons. With 2.91 billion monthly active users, it’s easy to see why.

The social media platform has a huge reach, which makes it a promising marketing channel. If you run a local organisation hoping to foster an engaged community, it could even be a particularly promising means of reaching your customers.

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However, it's not a tactic that works for everyone, and your social media activity may not necessarily deliver the outcome you had hoped for. It can be hard to stand out on the platform and it can take a lot of work and effort to organise your company’s social media activities.

The company’s use of personal data may also worry some business customers, especially when you take events like the Cambridge Analytica scandal into account. Other organisations may simply arrive at the conclusion that Facebook isn’t the right platform to reach their audience. If your business has also recently closed, you might want to get rid of the page too by deleting it.

Why you may want to delete a Facebook business page

Even though Facebook’s huge user base could be a boost to your business, you need to take into account how you use this channel for it to be truly effective.

If your business chooses to have a presence on a social media account, you first need to analyse the way that the platform is utilised by its users. In Facebook’s case, people tend to go on it to interact with family or friends in their spare time. Due to this, it can be attractive to businesses operating in the tourism or travel industry. This does mean, however, that B2B businesses can find it to be a less relevant channel.

While you may be able to reach business decision-makers through Facebook, they probably won’t be using the platform in a business context - whereas with LinkedIn and Twitter, there’s a much greater likelihood that they are.

You may also have to delete a Facebook page if you’re consolidating duplicate pages into one - such as replacing pages for regional branches with a single umbrella page, for example. Equally, a merger may result in the dissolution of a brand, requiring its Facebook page to be removed.

Whatever your reasoning, deleting a Facebook business page is a quick and straightforward process, but you might want to consider merging pages - if there are multiple - before you completely delete it.

What's important to understand is that if you do decide to delete a Facebook page, you will lose all the content forever, as well as anyone's page likes, comments and interactions. Only follow these steps if you're certain you no longer want the page to exist.

How to delete a Facebook business page on iOS or Android

From the Facebook app, head to your list of pages and select the one you wish to delete. Tap edit page for options and then select settings. Scroll down to find the 'Remove page' section and tap the option to permanently delete the page. You'll see a warning, but click to continue if you're 100% sure you want to remove it and your page will be gone.

You do have 14 days to reverse the deletion, so if you change your mind, you can restore it.

How to delete a Facebook page from your browser

The process if you're using your browser to manage your Facebook page is equally as simple. Just head to the page you'd like to delete, head to the settings option under 'Edit page' and scroll to the bottom to 'Remove page'. Hit delete and hey presto! Your page will be removed. As is the case on mobile, you can restore your page within 14 days of deleting it, but after that, it will be gone forever.

How to delete a Facebook page if you're not an admin

Obviously, both of the options above assume you're an administrator on the page, but what happens if you're not and it was set up by an ex-employee?

This is a little trickier and is a more involved process than simply deleting the page as an admin. First, you will have to report the page to Facebook for a breach of your intellectual property. To do this, go to the page you want to delete, click the three dots below the page's cover photo and select Report page. You can explain why you want the page to be removed and it will be up to Facebook whether it removes the page or not.

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