Tech Talk: Is Facebook A Little “Dirty”? New App Lets Users Clean Up Their Content

January 25, 2013  |  


There’s a new app for Facebook that helps you easily clean up your profile. Called Facewash, it is an app that will search through your Facebook activity and content for things you might want to hide or delete. It was created by three Kent State University undergrads, and the app can clean up status updates, photo captions, and comments users left or received as well as pages and links that were liked.

“We realized that there’s a lot of content that perhaps someone might not want a future employer to see,” Daniel Gur, 22, told The Los Angeles Times. Gur created the app with two friends and fellow computer science majors from his school — Camden Fullmer, 21, and David Steinberg, 24. The trio built Facewash in less than two days while at a hackathon at the University of Pennsylvania, reports the paper.

And the app seems easy to use. Log into your Facebook account, then go to the website. Click “Get Started” and then click “Go to App.” You will have to give the app permission to access the user’s contents. Enter words you want to delete, profanities, for example and the app will scour through your profile content. When the app finds a match, you can either keep, delete or hide the content. You can also use the app to find photos or a status you want to delete.

“This is your face on the Internet, and you might need to wash it,” Gur  said to the newspaper.

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