Facebook bans Social Roulette app
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:27
London: Facebook has blocked an app that is offering users a one-in-six chance of deleting their account.

The new app called the Social Roulette has mimicked the lethal game of Russian Roulette, in which players spin the cylinder of a revolver hoping to avoid the one loaded chamber.

According to the BBC, its developers said that the app was brought to Facebook's attention by an automated system that deals with 'negative user experience'.

The Social Roulette website said the app may suit people 'looking for the opportunity to start fresh' or those 'just seeking cheap thrills at the expense of your social network', the report said.

While the app accepted that permanently deleting a Facebook account is very difficult, it promised to 'completely remove all your posts, friends, apps, likes, photos and games before completely deactivating it'.

Eden Zoller, an analyst at research firm Ovum, however said the existing platform policy had 'scope to ban apps which pose a competitive threat to Facebook', the report added.


First Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:27

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