Mobile App Scrubs Your Facebook Past Squeaky Clean

Michael Devine is the developer behind Exfoliate, an app for Android that allows you to delete content from your Facebook past.

No, this new app has nothing to do with Mr. Clean—we just thought the image was too appropriate!

We all know the consequences of having a scandalous track-record on any social network, especially Facebook. I’ve often said that the internet has a memory—a mantra I try to remember each time I write a status update or post on my friends’ wall. But we all have skeletons in our Facebook closet: Is there any way of coming clean?

Well, now there’s an app for that. A recent article on the Wall Street Journal’s tech page tells of a mobile app that can scrub your Facebook past squeaky clean.

Michael Devine is the developer behind Exfoliate, an app for Android that allows you to delete content from your Facebook past. According to CNET, the app can “clean just your wall and/or remove posts from friends’ walls”

Devine tells CNET that the idea came to him when he finished university and started applying for jobs. Suddenly, he realized that his Facebook profile may be under scrutiny, and he decided a cleanup was necessary. “I’m an impulsive guy,” Devine told CNET in a phone interview. “I like making people laugh and I also have strong political views. Given that, you can imagine the kinds of things I post on Facebook. So I wanted to clean up my own profile and thought others might want this as well.”

According to the WSJ, the app is still being tweaked: though Exfoliate is capable of scrubbing your profile’s history clean, there’s still contraversy over whether or not the app can ensure that the messages and comments you’ve left on friends’ walls won’t be leaked after they’re deleted; with Facebook being the nexus of interchanges that it is, you can imagine how difficult it would be to wipe away all your dirty digital footprints completely.

Devine claims that you can run Exfoliate on a friends page to remove your comments from their wall, the “ultimate break-up tool” as he calls it. But what about private messages? To whom do these belong?

CNET warns that the app is a “bandwith hog” and can take up to several hours to complete its service. It also cautions that the app’s actions are irreversible. An iPhone version should be available in a few weeks, with a ticket price of $2.99—a cheap price to pay for a digital makeover!

Screenshot image via CNET

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