New App Will Scrub Offensive Stuff From Employees’ Facebook Pages

By Eric B. Meyer

  • The self-congratulatory comments I left below the picture of my awesome seven-story beeramid.
  • My candid review of Cinemax’s After Dark lineup from Arbor Day 2011.
  • My plea to George Carlin to go beyond the self-imposed boundaries of seven dirty words.

A new app called FaceWash promises to get rid of all of this from my Facebook account.

Here’s how it all works (according to the folks at FaceWash):

Alerts you to things you may want to delete

FaceWash comes with a precompiled list of words that may be considered offensive or alarming to those viewing your social history. This list spans a broad spectrum of “dirtiness,” from sex to drugs to curse words and more (it even includes some seriously abstract crazy things you might have posted). FaceWash also allows you to input your own words that may not have been covered in our list.

With a few clicks, FaceWash performs a search and alerts you to sections of your Facebook page that you may want to delete.

So, basically, my entire Facebook existence — except for that time I “liked” the photos from my son’s 2nd birthday party. Society’s loss, I suppose.

Intended for recent college grads, this service may be useful to other employees (young and old) in your workplace with a tendency for loose-Facebook-lips.

So, pretty much every Facebook user I have encountered.

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2 tips when you explain your social media policy

Therefore, the next time you train your employees on your social-media policy …

You do train on your policies, right?

As I was saying, the next time you train your employees on your social-media policy, pass along two tips from your old buddy Eric:

  1. Remember that Facebook has privacy settings. Explore them and make sure that only those people who can view your page are the ones you want to view your page.
  2. If employees are otherwise concerned about purging some of the dumb stuff they may have posted in the past — like this — consider using FaceWash or otherwise reviewing their Facebook history to delete the bad stuff.

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (, which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.


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