Help to clean up your Facebook account

If you feel you might need assistance to clean up your Facebook account, the website Your Dirty Mouth may be of help. Yahoo news reports:

 A new website called Your Dirty Mouth scans through your Facebook history and finds the most profane, controversial Facebook statuses you ever dared to publish.

The site, first spotted by AllFacebook, is not just good insurance for anyone in the job market, or applying to college, as employers and admissions departments are increasingly scrutinising the social media presence of applicants; it’s also a pleasant trip down memory lane, and an intriguing capsule into the shifting ways in which you’ve used Facebook.

Although the reference to college admissions is US based and not really applicable in Australia, it could be a good idea to scan your Facebook history anyway.

More news on Robbie Farah and vile tweets

On Monday we reported that Wests Tigers rugby captain Robbie Farah was the recipient of vile tweets about his recently deceased mother. Farah approached Police and the Prime Minister to intervene and ensure that trolls were adequately dealt with and laws reflecting the use of social media were updated.

However, yesterday, Yahoo news reported that Farah himself had sent a questionable message to the Prime Minister. In something that may shock many people, a tweet from September 2011, which Farah had deleted soon after it was published, has been unearthed. The Yahoo report states:

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell says he wants to work with the Commonwealth to send a strong message to people who harass others on the internet.

“I think it’s unacceptable, whether it’s a star footballer or whether it’s an average citizen out there, to get either racist, defamatory or other inciteful messages from someone who thinks they can do it anonymously,” he said.

“We are seeking a review of existing Commonwealth legislation to see what between the Commonwealth and the states we can do to close any potential loopholes that exist.”

NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher says he will speak with police about cracking down on online abuse and agrees the Federal Government needs to intervene.

This case is a classic example of a digital footprint that cannot be ‘cleaned up’ just by deleting offensive tweets or posts. Once published, these posts or tweets can come back to haunt us.