If you’ve ever wanted to delete your Facebook profile, but haven’t gotten around to it, Social Roulette may have been the app for you. The now nixed app gave users a 1 in 6 chance of deleting their profile completely each time they used the app. Facebook didn’t exactly approve of profiles being deleted. For anyone wanting a fun way to delete their profile, they’ll have to settle for the rather boring procedure Facebook offers instead of playing Social Roulette.
* While users may have enjoyed Social Roulette, Facebook quickly removed the app .
* The app, which took only four hours to create, was flagged for “creating a negative user experience.” Kyle McDonald, one of three of the apps developers, stated Facebook didn’t approve of the six-shooter pistol style logo either.
* Facebook has yet to release any comments outside of saying the site takes action against any apps that violate Facebook’s policies. The main reason is likely the site didn’t want to support any app that removed users from the site.
* The app came and went in just a single weekend . This means the vast majority of Facebook users likely didn’t know the app existed until the news of its demise hit the Internet.
* Social Roulette’s premise was simple. It mimicked the old Russian Roulette, but the only life on the line was a Facebook profile.
* The app gave users a 1 in 6 chance of deleting their account with a single click. Losers had their accounts deactivated, but all user data was deleted. Winners lived to play another day with only a timeline post of “I played Social Roulette and survived” to prove they played at all.
* Facebook doesn’t have any specific policy against apps deleting user data, but Facebook has spent much of 2013 getting rid of apps that replicate Facebook’s functionality, such as deactivating accounts or deleting user data, and apps that provide little to no value to Facebook users.
* Social Roulette came at a good time . With many studies showing how tired users are becoming of social media, the app gave users a good way to let someone else decide whether they used Facebook or not.
* Part of the reason behind the quick removal may have been the logo itself. Facebook doesn’t take the use of their signature logo lightly. The Social Roulette logo, which was also placed on T-shirts, used the Facebook logo as the single bullet in a six-shooter pistol.
* As with many app removals lately, there is a bit of a gray area. However, Facebook does retain the rights to remove apps at any time or just block API access, which essentially kills an app.
* The developers are still fighting to keep Social Roulette on Facebook by trying to address any issues Facebook might have had with it. The team is confident it will return.
With Facebook doing everything it can to ensure users don’t leave, it is highly unlikely Facebook would ever allow apps that delete user data or accounts. Facebook is even known to delete apps that compete with their services if a beneficial sharing feature isn’t available. After all, Facebook is out to make money. Without users, they lose money. Still, Social Roulette could’ve been a way to live on the wild side of social media.