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Need to clean up your Facebook presence? Get a ‘SimpleWash’

 

Los Angeles Times

Got a Facebook profile with vulgarities or embarrassing content you shouldn’t have posted? Now there’s a way to clean it up.

A trio of Kent State University undergrads has put together the “SimpleWash” app, formerly called FaceWash, that’ll search through a user’s Facebook activity (the service is coming soon to Twitter) and content for items that the user may want to hide or delete. That could include 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,” says Daniel Gur, 22, who created the app over a weekend with fellow computer science majors from his school — Camden Fullmer, 21, and David Steinberg, 24. The students built then-FaceWash in less than two days while at a hackathon at the University of Pennsylvania.

To use SimpleWash, users first need to go to its website, http://simplewa.sh , click “Get Started” and log into their Facebook account.

The user will be prompted to click “Go to App” and then give the app permission to access the user’s contents.

Search for a term and the app starts looking for it. If SimpleWash finds a match, it’ll show it to the user and link the posts so the user can delete a status or remove a picture.

As the site launched Jan. 20, it’s still in beta phase and users may encounter minor glitches.

The students hope to expand SimpleWash. Next up, Gur said the team wants to make the app capable of looking for content in other languages.

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