Cyber Suicide: Are you prepared to commit?


The latest program to hit the net has been grabbing attention from all corners of the world. The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine program was developed for the sole purpose of eliminating any trace of its user from the vastness of the Internet with a mere click of a button.

Naturally, it has generated much controversy amongst Internet users, with some fully supporting it and others simply perplexed by it.

Although its name might be less than encouraging to potential users, the bright pink font color of the title causes it to seem somewhat ‘cute’, with a dash of in-your-face irony.

At present, the Suicide Machine program is able to delete personal profiles from all major social networking sites except one.

Facebook has banned its users from using Suicide Machine to destroy their profiles stating that Facebook allows anyone to either deactivate their account until further notice or delete it completely. “Web 2.0 Suicide Machine collects login credentials and scrapes Facebook pages, which is a violation of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” states an official representative of the site, “We’ve blocked the Suicide Machine’s access to Facebook as is has violated our SRR. We’re currently investigating and considering whether to take further action.”

Look out for more information on the pending Facebook vs. Suicide Machine saga, in the days to come. For now, however, the big question is: what will Internet users do now that they have the option to leave their cyber lifestyles behind?

In true Matrix style, it simply comes down to this: the blue pill or the red pill? You decide.

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Kristin Mento is a second year journalism student in Cape Town, South Africa, formerly the creative director and contributing journalist, now editor-at-large for TOAST magazine. She is a versatile writer who writes on a range of topics in a range of styles and is most passionate about Art, Music, Reviews, Features and Fiction.