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Facebook kills Social Roulette

A Facebook app called Social Roulette, which has a one in six chance of deleting your Facebook account, was just killed by the social networking giant.

Social Roulette is russian roulette for your Facebook account. It's a Facebook app which, when used, has a one-in-six chance of deleting your posts, likes, photos and friends before deactivating your account. The app's description says it's intended for those who want to burn their virtual bridges, or just for those seeking a thrill:

"Everyone thinks about deleting their account at some point, it's a completely normal reaction to the overwhelming nature of digital culture. Is it time to consider a new development in your life? Are you looking for the opportunity to start fresh? Or are you just seeking cheap thrills at the expense of your social network? Maybe it's time for you to play Social Roulette."


Facebook, while descending into madness this Saturday


After the app launched on Saturday, survivors of the app would get a message posted to their time line stating that they had survived the ordeal. The app was created in a matter of hours by Jonas Lund, Jonas Jongelan and NYU adjunct professor Kyle McDonald, but despite being kind of cool, it unsurprisingly runs against Facebook's goal of growing the user base. As such, Facebook has now blocked the app. "It took us four hours to create the project, and it took another four hours after the launch for Facebook to respond by blocking the API key and restricting our ability to create Facebook applications," said McDonald in an interview with TechCrunch.


The app had been flagged by an automated system on Facebook as providing a negative user experience. After review, Facebook also decided they disliked the logo. The social networking site has declined to comment on the block, stating only: "We take action against apps that violate our platform policies as laid out here: https://developers.facebook.com/policy/, in order to maintain a trustworthy experience for users."

David F.
A grad student in experimental physics, David is fascinated by science, space and technology. When not buried in lecture books, he enjoys movies, gaming and mountainbiking

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