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Social media scrubbing is now a reality thanks to a new app

This could be very useful.

April 9, 2019
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Let’s face it — everyone probably has written something on Twitter or Facebook that they would never dream of posting now.

Some people might want to just clean up their social media in general. Others might desire to prevent bad things from showing up when they Google their name for personal or professional reasons. Well, now, there’s an app for that.

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A new privacy assistant app called Jumbo will make it easier for internet-users to manage what data is stored about them online. It currently is only available on iOS for Twitter, Facebook, Google search and Amazon’s Alexa. It will eventually move to Instagram and Tinder as well.

The app manages many privacy settings, including offering a cleaning service for Twitter. Jumbo will allow you to select a time frame to delete tweets from before then. They won’t be gone forever — they are stored inside Jumbo’s archive that the user can export to a desktop file.

Currently, Twitter only allows it to delete the last 3,200 tweets a user has.  In order to delete more than that, a user will have to do the process over multiple days. It also requires the user to stay on the app during the cleaning process or it will not work.

As for Facebook, the app can go through several settings quickly to limit the visibility of your posts based on the level of privacy you choose. This will strengthen the overall privacy a user has on the platform.  They make it easy by allowing the user to choose “weak,” “medium” and “strong” privacy settings.

For the Google and Amazon features, Jumbo can delete voice recordings and search results after a certain period of time to help keep your information more private.

The future for Instagram and Tinder will be pretty similar — it will allow you to delete posts or Tinder conversations after a certain amount of time.

The app is also free, and plans on expanding to Android in the future. You can download it here and try it out yourself to try to make yourself feel like at least your social media is a bit more organized.

As far as the need for a privacy app like this, it couldn’t really come at a better time. It was recently reported that Facebook left hundreds of millions of user passwords exposed to employees by storing them in plain text.

Let’s not forget that this comes after Facebook came under fire for a huge data breach by Cambridge Analytica last year. That huge controversy lead to many people boycotting the site for privacy reasons.

What do you think of the app? Would you use it to protect your privacy online? Sound off in the comments below!

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Written by Alex Darus