Inverse social networking

I read in the Time or the Economist… I need to dig out the reference as I have hard-copy subscriptions… anyhow it was a few months ago of how lawyers are using social networking sites like Facebook in divorce cases, especifically when it comes to custody of children. Claims of a pristine life are not well supported if there are pictures of you partying on Facebook. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that a demand for Facebook suicide is growing.

In fact I find it rather annoying that it is only possible to deactivate your profile. Why not a delete function, what have Facebook got to lose?

Dubious practices on collection of DNA in UK by law enforcement

Further to a posting I made some time ago on the removal of DNA from one of the law enforcement databases… that is for those of you that are proved innocent. Here is more posting from ARCH Rights on the dubious collection of DNA by Britain’s law enforcement, and a link to resources to help you in getting DNA removed.

Euthanasia on Facebook?

Did you know that it is not possible to delete your Facebook profile, that you can only deactivate it?, created by the Italian group Les Liens Invisibles, launched a campaign in 2009 to convince people that to commit Facebook suicide. Wannabe ex-Facebook members can provide with their names and passwords and Seppukoo then not only deactivates their profiles, but also creates a “memorial” page that it sends to users’ former Facebook friends.

Facebook is not happy about this and there looks as there will be some interesting legal wrangles in the air. In the meantime, Facebook appears to be taking matters into its own hands. The Los Angeles Times reports today that Facebook is now blocking the IP address of another company, Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, which helps people quit social networking sites by unfriending their contacts. Like and, Suicide Machine asks users for their names and passwords.

This is going to be more at MediaPost blogs…