A new app that clears away all your bad decisions on social media? Kinda life changing.
Ever wish there was a way to sift through and delete all of those old, embarrassing, slightly scandalous Facebook posts/tweets/Instagram selfies before a job interview without, you know, spending the time sifting through and deleting them?
Well, whaddya know — there’s an app for that!
A new iOS app called Clear links to your social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and uses algorithms to weed out naughty pictures, insensitive tweets, and other potential fireable offenses if you’re, you know, in line to take Jon Stewart’s place as head of The Daily Show, or some other high-profile gig.
Its founder, 31-year-old Ethan Czahor, knows all about that. The young CEO was hired as Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s chief technology officer and held the position for only 36 hours before some insensitive tweets from his past were unearthed.
The inventor and former stand-up comic told Mashable that the tweets were “harmless” and taken out of context, but even so, that didn’t help him salvage his chances of working for Bush.
(One such tweet? “Most people don’t know that ‘Halloween’ is German for ‘night girls with low self-esteem dress like sluts.”)
Another one took a stereotypical jab at gay men (“When I burp in the gym I feel like it’s my way of saying ‘sorry guys, but I’m not gay.’”)
And so, Czahor created Clear to make sure others didn’t have to repeat his mistakes. (Honestly, totally get why he was fired but yeah, the app is a kinda interesting idea.) He says it’s a way to make sure people with a digital footprint aren’t dragging in digital dirt to their online personas.
“Every millennial is now entering the workforce, and maybe even a senior position, and everything they’ve said online for the last 10 years is still there, and that’s a new thing for this generation,” he tells TechCrunch.
Here’s how it works: once you link your profiles to Clear, the program uses the brains of IBM’s supercomputer, Watson.
Clear then hones in on keywords like swear words, negative language, as well as generalizations about groups of people (“Americans,” “women” and so on).
Once it’s through sifting through your archival Facebook article shares and various Twitter rants, Clear scores you on a scale between 0 and 100 based on how offensive you are and flags questionable content. But it’s up to you to delete it.
One thing it can’t do? Find PG-13 photos and videos that might be a red flag to employers, though Czahor says video and photo scouring is in the works.
Sure, this is all well and good, but the biggest question we’d like to answer is whether there’s an app that deletes all of these questionable events not only from the Internet, but from people’s memories, Eternal Sunshine style.
Want to try it? Get in line!
Clear, which is still in beta, has a waitlist of more than 12,000 people.