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Someone Made An App That Deletes Your Offensive Social Media Posts Before You Get Fired For Them

After abruptly resigning from Jeb Bush's campaign over offensive tweets, Ethan Czahor has invented an app that will stop his mistake from happening to anyone else.

Posted on April 21, 2015, at 4:06 p.m. ET

In February, Ethan Czahor resigned from his position as Jeb Bush's chief technology officer a day after he was hired, after old tweets of his that were considered sexist and homophobic resurfaced.

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... and i've resigned my role at right to rise. best of luck to everyone there, and i apologize in advance to whoever fills my position.

Czahor said he wrote the tweets while part of an improv comedy troupe in his native Los Angeles, claiming he was practicing material that was taken "out of context."

"Right after what I went through I received a lot of messages from people worried what happened to me would happen to them," Czahor told BuzzFeed News.

Others' similar stories inspired him to get to work on the app.

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Ethan Czahor

The 31-year-old is now putting the lesson to good use with his new app, "Clear," which scans your posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for anything that could potentially deter or anger employers.

After analysis through algorithms and help from IBM's Jeopardy-winning supercomputer Watson, users are given a "Clear score" measuring the amount of potentially problematic posts they have, which are then brought forward for them to review and delete.

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Clear flags data from your entire social media history based on keywords such as profanity, racial slurs, mentions of minority groups or general populations, and any comment that might be too positive or negative.

"It's with these sorts of comments that you can get into generalizations," Czahor told BuzzFeed News.

Czahor, who coded and created the free app almost entirely by himself, told BuzzFeed News that he will continue to update it based on responses from users.

"I've already had a lot of requests for scanning past pictures, for people's personal websites and blogs," he said.

Despite the current emphasis being put on "transparency" by businesses and politicians alike, Czahor believes that "people have a right to know what they posted online in the past."

The app is aimed at people who may have said something "10 years ago that was appropriate in context, but not out [of context]," he said.

Czahor added that the app shouldn't prevent employers from identifying someone with a particularly offensive past, and that people's actions outside of social media will still reveal their true selves.

"I think that people who have had a bad heart in their past will have a bad heart in their future," he said.

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