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Facebook app stops drunken posts


App plays designated driver for Facebook users

Facebook and Twitter users who have fallen foul of posting embarrassing late-night drunken status updates will breathe a sigh of relief now a new app has been introduced just for them.

The Social Media Sobriety Test is a series of challenges designed to identify whether a user has had too much to drink. It then bans those considered over the limit from posting potentially-cringeworthy comments and statuses, replacing their activity with an optional message saying the user is “too drunk to post right now”.

Included in the assessment is a challenge for users to guess how long 30 seconds is, and a task which tests hand-eye coordination by asking users to follow a moving finger with their mouse.

Don’t drink and post

Security firm Webroot confirmed that the software can be fully customised to suit the schedule of the user, allowing for a more accurate sense of when they might be drinking.

A spokesman for the firm remarked that the application is a “fun reminder” that people should be fully responsible for their actions on social networking sites.

The official said: “It shows it’s maybe not always such a great idea to tell all your Facebook friends – including your boss and mum – how you got wasted and fell over.”

A recent study into Facebook behaviour found that boredom is the number one reason why people delete ‘friends’. Being an online nuisance and annoying people was also discovered to be a top contribution to ‘defriending’ an acquaintance.

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