Facebook "Suicide" Enabler Gets Legal Threats

Seppukoo receives cease-and-desist letter from Facebook lawyers

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    If you want to kill your Facebook profile, you might not be able to find technical help if the site's lawyers have their way.

    In the wake of Facebook's many privacy snafus, sites have begun to spring up that help you remove your Facebook profile and all the personal details it publicly displays.

    One such site, Seppukoo, a play on the Japanese name for ritual suicide practiced by the nobility, recently received a cease-and-desist letter from Facebook's legal team.

    Facebook argues that it is a breach of the site's terms of use that bars other sites from soliciting user information and accessing user accounts.

    However, the Italian group that produced the site, Les Liens Invisbles ("Linking the Invisible") fired back, arguing that the data is the users' to do what they want with, and even produced a video so that users can take matters into their own hands.

    Meanwhile, no word on if Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, which offers a similar service, has received a nastygram from Facebook.

    Jackson West recently locked down his account after the company's change to his privacy settings, but wonders if he shouldn't just delete it entirely.