Facebook wants your information to live forever. But there is a way out and Facebook doesn’t like it.
Many sign up to the likes of Facebook and Twitter and quickly realise they want out. Have you ever thought about ending it all?
Thousands of people are trying to do just that. They are signing up to services such as suicidemachine.org, a website that offers to delete social networking accounts for free and at the click of a button.
Since it was set up last year, suicide machine has been overwhelmed by demand. Thousands have used it, while 15,000 are on a waiting list that is getting longer because the machine can only deal with one suicide at a time.Now a legal battle has broken out over people’s ability to “kill” themselves off. Earlier this month Facebook blocked suicide machine’s service, sending the owners a cease-and-desist notice threatening to take further action against the site.
First of all, “Suicide Machine”? Ick. I don’t think I could use a service with that name. But, to the point… Suicide Machine has found a way around Facebook’s block and has chosen to ignore the “cease and desist”. For Facebook, it seems to me that there is a simpler solution than legal action: Just simply guarantee that you will really delete all of a user’s information when they request that their account be deleted. I think people have that right.
I don’t know anything about Facebook but I’m slightly creeped out by it. I am tempted by the notion that I might use it to reconnect with old friends but I have to keep reminding myself that if anyone wants to reconnect with me, I’m here. I’m not hard to find. I’m not sure really what bothers me about Facebook – just unfamiliarity I guess. I hear things about Facebook – mostly just vague little hints and the occasional article like this one that makes Facebook sound like Big Brother. On the other hand, it seems like everyone’s talking about Facebook and I feel left out.