Death is bad for business, says social networking site Facebook.
The outfit has blocked access to a site called Web 2.0 Suicide Machine that helps users delete their social network profiles and has sent a cease-and-desist letter to another, Seppukoo.com, another site that zaps your virtual identity.
The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine deletes profiles, friends and other data from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn. The site claims: “This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alter ego.”
Facebook claims the site is in violation of Facebook Ts & Cs in that it uses login details.
“Web 2.0 Suicide Machine collects login credentials, which is a violation of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. We’ve blocked the site’s access to Facebook as is our policy for sites that violate our SRR. We’re currently investigating and considering whether to take further action.”
The company adds that Facebook already provides the ability for people who no longer want to use the site to either deactivate their account or delete it completely.
The other site incurring the wrath of Facebook, Seppukoo.com urges users to impress their friends by committing virtual suicide in the manner of a Japanese samurai warrior, but avoiding that nasty stain on the carpet.
“As the seppuku restores the samurai’s honour as a warrior, seppukoo.com deals with the liberation of the digital body,” the site says. Facebook isn’t so sure and has despatched Uma Thurman to deal with the problem.