It's Time to Bring Back the Social Media Suicide Machine

Nearly five years ago, a group of artists and programmers debuted a simple web app called the "Web 2.0 Suicide Machine." It was designed to quickly and effectively shut down your accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media sites. But then Facebook unleashed their lawyers.

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That's because over 58,000 people severed friendship ties using the app, within just weeks of its release. Facebook's legal team, outraged, sent a cease-and-desist letter to the group demanding that they stop using Facebook's name in their work (and, by extension, that they stop encouraging users to destroy their Facebook accounts).

But isn't it time that we bring the Suicide Machine back, and make it even more flexible and useful? There are so many more annoying social media apps that have sprung up in the years since it was created — now, more than ever, we need a simple way to kill multiple accounts in one fell swoop.

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Here's a great video of one of the designers of the Suicide Machine talking about what happened after they released it:

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DISCUSSION

Of course Facebook would do that. Fucking Facebook. Did they win that case? What legal precedent is there to tell someone to stop using their name and stop encouraging people to quit using a service?

Would they have a case if the team behind the app said "Remove yourself from social media places LIKE facebook?"