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Clean Up Your Social Media Past
By: Jessica Cherok
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Maybe you’re fresh out of college, or suddenly find yourself looking for a new career. Either way, you’re on the hunt for a new job, and it’s time to clean up your social media image.

But sifting through hundreds (or thousands!) of posts across various social media sites can be daunting. Still, you don’t want those long-forgotten posts to come back to bite you.

Ethan Czahor understands your dilemma. Earlier this year, Czahor resigned from Jeb Bush’s campaign when several of his social media posts became headlines. The posts include referring to women as sluts, as well some making homophobic references. Though Czahor claims the posts were jokes taken out of context, he still lost his job.

It was this experience that led him to create Clear. Clear rifles through your social media sites — Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter — to find questionable content to be deleted. According to Czahor, Clear uses keywords, including profanity and general group designations that may include stereotypes, and flags the post. You’re then given a chance to do a gut check as to whether or not the post should be removed.

While helpful, the app still has a long way to go. In its current state, Clear cannot flag the content of photos as being inappropriate, but Czahor says that feature is in the works.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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