Many celebrities who have grown up with social media will no doubt fear being exposed for saying something uncolored years ago as a child.
A cultural shift over the past decade from what is considered inappropriate after the explosion of the “awake” culture has led stars to be held accountable for things they said when they were younger and perhaps without such a thing. prominent profile.
The latest of these is cricketer Ollie Robinson, 27, who was suspended by the heads of the England Cricket Board for racist and sexist social media posts he posted as a teenager.
Facebook and Twitter both have tools that allow people to delete old posts to avoid embarrassment or worse, while setting profiles to private is also an option.
But there’s only so much that can be done to keep something private in a world of screenshots, and some companies can do trawls to “scrub” your online image.
Here’s what you can do to clean up your profiles on social media networks:
How do you clean up your Facebook profile?
1) How do you make your Facebook account private?
There isn’t a single button to make your entire Facebook account private, instead you can go through a series of options to achieve this once you’re logged in.
Click here once you are logged in to Facebook to access the ‘Privacy check’ under your Settings and click on ‘Who can see what you share’.
Here you can find all your profile information such as phone number, email address and date of birth to ‘public’, ‘friends’ or ‘just me’ – the latter is the safest setting.
On the next page you can future posts and stories only for ‘friends’, and also set a ‘block’ for each account. That user will not be informed about the block.
A blocked user can no longer see what you post to your timeline, tag you, invite you to events or groups, start a conversation, or add you as a friend.
You can also make your likes private or friends only by going to that section of your page and clicking “Edit the privacy of your likes.”
2) How can you limit how people can find your Facebook account?
You can also look at ‘How people can find you on Facebook’ and select who can send you friend requests – just ‘everyone’ or only ‘friends of friends’.
In this section you can also choose who can look you up based on your phone number and email address. The options for this are ‘everyone’ ‘friends’ or ‘friends of friends’.
3) How do you disable facial recognition on Facebook?
Facebook has a setting that allows it to recognize whether you are in a photo or video. This can be turned off in the “Your data settings on Facebook” section.
4) How do you delete old Facebook photos that you don’t want people to see?
Facebook photos can take a long time to clean up if you have a lot of them on your profile, but it can be done by going through two main processes.
Start with photos that were self uploaded on your wall – for example, as part of a post, rather than an album – which can be viewed in the ‘Your photos’ section.
On each photo you can select if you want it ‘public’, ‘friends +’ meaning your friends, anyone tagged and their friends; ‘friends except’, which means it will not be shown to certain friends; ‘specific friends’ and ‘just me’.
The most likely option when you’ve posted a photo with someone else as a message is that it will be “friends+” for both your friends and their friends to see.
However, if you don’t want the photo to be visible, you can either set it to ‘just me’ so that no one else can see it – or you can use the ‘delete photo’ button.
You can then go directly to the ‘Albums’ section and delete an entire album at once if you like – or, again, set it to ‘just me’ so no one else can see the photos.
5) How do you delete old Facebook posts you don’t want to show?
One option to browse posts that you no longer want to appear on your Facebook page is to browse the ‘Messages’ section of your profile.
On each post, you can decide whether the post should be “public,” “friends,” “friends except,” “specific friends,” or “just me” — or delete the post altogether.
Another option is to go through your ‘Activity log’, that’s a button that’s part of a three-dot menu, in the lower-right corner of your cover photo.
This allows users to filter posts by year or people, or search specifically for photos you’ve been tagged in. You can even see your search history – which is set to ‘just me’.
On a post you don’t want to appear, you can click on it and then delete it or set it to “just me” under the “edit public” tab. You can also edit the message itself.
An alternative option is: search for a specific keyword. This can be done on your profile page, under the same section where you clicked on ‘Activity Log’.
This will list all messages that contain the word you’re looking for – and this is especially useful because it also includes messages left on other people’s walls.
6) How can you make sure your Facebook username is appropriate?
Your Facebook username is the URL for your page and it’s worth checking the “General Account Settings” section of your “Settings” to make sure it’s an appropriate phrase.
How can you clean up your Twitter profile?
1) How can you make your Twitter account private?
If you don’t want the general public to see your tweets, photos, and videos, you can make your entire profile private.
You do this by going to the Twitter homepage after logging in, clicking ‘more’, then ‘privacy and security’ and ‘public and tagging’.
Once there, click on ‘protect your tweets’, which means that your tweets and other account information will only be visible to people who follow you.
If you shield your tweets, you’ll receive a request when new people want to follow you, which you can approve or decline.
This also means that your followers won’t be able to use the ‘Retweet’ icon to retweet your posts, and they won’t show up in third-party search engines like Google.
Protected Tweets are only searchable on Twitter by you and your followers, and replies you send to an account that doesn’t follow you won’t be seen by that user.
2) How can you limit how people can find your Twitter account?
You can control whether people who have your email address or phone number can find you on Twitter, even if it isn’t displayed publicly.
This can be toggled by going to the ‘privacy and security’ section of your settings (see above) and then clicking on ‘Discoverability and Contacts’.
4) How can you delete Twitter photos or posts that you don’t want people to see?
You can scroll through your profile to see posts you don’t want the public to see, and rremove them by clicking on ‘delete’ in the drop-down menu at the top right.
Unlike Facebook, you can’t set certain messages to private. It’s also worth searching your Twitter handle in the search bar to see if others have tagged you in posts.
You can then ‘report tweet’ if you want someone else’s post to be removed — but then it’s up to Twitter whether that happens, and it must normally have broken guidelines.
To search for a keyword on your own profile, go to the search bar and enter the following information: keyword (from:account name) – eg football from:chelseafc.
5) How can you make sure your Twitter username is appropriate?
Again, like Facebook, your username is the URL for your Page, and it can be changed if you see fit by going to “Settings,” “Your Account,” and “Username.”
What about my other accounts?
1) How can I make my Instagram profile private and delete old posts?
On Instagram, click your profile picture in the top right corner, then click ‘Settings’, ‘Privacy & Security’ – and under ‘Account Privacy’ check the box next to ‘Private Account’.
However, business profiles cannot make their account private and therefore users must switch to a personal account if they want to do this.
Unlike Facebook, you can’t make any post on Instagram private. But you can delete individual images by tapping the three dots on one and clicking ‘delete’.
2) What other profiles should you check?
LinkedIn is an important resource for businesses and may be the first place employers look when considering an employee – so it’s worth checking to see if your profile is clean.
To control who can see your profile, click the ‘Me’ icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage, then ‘View profile’, then ‘Edit public profile and URL’ on the right.
To hide your profile from public view, set ‘Your profile’s public visibility’ to ‘Off’ – and hide specific settings by turning it ‘Off’ to make that information private.
If you’re considering other possible accounts not mentioned above, you can Google your name with double quotes; ie “David Beckham” to find your exact name.
3) What should you pay attention to when deactivating old accounts?
A Google with your own name can yield some surprising old profiles, such as on MySpace or YouTube, which can be permanently deleted if desired.
However, they remain in one form or another on other websites if they were copied, along with profiles from old websites like Bebo, Google+ and Friends Reunited.
Can a professional company help me with this?
Many people can go from obscurity to celebrities in one fell swoop, such as actors getting their big break in a movie or sports stars signing professional contracts.
And there are companies that can help them get their social media presence in order before they go big, like New York-based company BrandYourself.
The social media cleaning software identifies anything that could potentially harm someone and also checks profiles for potential red flags over time.
Companies can help people organize their social media presence, such as BrandYourself
All flags displayed will be listed as to be reviewed, but the user still retains control over whether or not to delete something.
The filters detect unprofessional communications such as swearing, unprofessional work or school behavior, irresponsible drinking, drug use, and violence or bullying.
Another option is a bulk removal tool to remove all your potentially harmful content at once, but BrandYourself claims that excessive removal itself can cause red flags.
It offers a “do-it-yourself” product that is free for limited use, as well as a “head start” service with two payments of $399 and then $20 per month. As a result, a personal branding specialist builds your online presence and then leaves you with a plan of action.
The top product is a concierge service starting at $399 per month where you have a personal branding team assigned to build your entire online presence.
Another company that offers a similar service is Scrubber, another company based in the US that allows people to run a free initial report and then pay for a premium service at $29 for the first month and $ 9 a month thereafter.