If your social-media homesteads on places like Twitter and Facebook have become toxic the last few weeks, you may need to take a breather. There are several ways to do that, from simply not posting or checking in (though you may still get notifications and emails), to more definitive measures such as deactivating or deleting an account.
On Facebook, it's relatively straightforward to deactivate an account, which is like putting it in suspended animation and making the profile and content invisible to others until you decide to come back. To do it, click on the small triangle at the top right of the screen, go to Settings, click on Security and you'll find the deactivate option at the bottom of that page. Deleting a Facebook account, which permanently removes everything, requires contacting Facebook and requesting this step.
Twitter handles things a little differently. Deactivating a Twitter account puts it in a 30-day queue for deletion. The account can be reactivated during that window, but after that, there's no guarantee it will still be available to resurrect.
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