We’re launching a professional eradicator service to help you manage your digital footprint and permanently delete or hide any potentially damaging information about yourself online.
We decided to launch this service after we saw that 70% of employers screen candidates on social media before inviting them for interview. Thirty percent of HR departments have a member of their team dedicated to social recruiting*.
You can hire a professional eradicator here.
So far this year, several celebrities have been caught out by things they’ve said online. Zoella, Stormzy and James Gunn are just some of the people that have had their reputations damaged when tweets, some several years old, that were offensive, racist, homophobic or sexist in nature were uncovered.
Honing a digital footprint won’t just help you professionally. Recent data showed that 75% of women and 59% of men check out prospective partners on social media ahead of blind dates**. In 2014, a landmark case at the Court of Justice of the European Union saw Google begin to handle ‘right to be forgotten’ requests. Since then it has removed 800,000+ pages from its search engine***.
However, getting rid of all information about yourself online is risky as well! Fifty-seven percent of employers are less likely to invite someone for an interview if they can’t find them online*.
Professional eradicators can expect to earn around £40 per hour but, as with all our service providers, they set their own rates. They must be able to:
- Find and advise on potentially damaging online information. It can be from personal or other accounts.
- Erase or hide information using the proper channels and procedures.
- Discuss how to keep information offline or as hidden as possible.
- Set up alerts, so the client can continually check on their online presence.
If you’d like to become a professional eradicator, you can sign up here.
Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said,
“So much of our lives are lived online now that people might have said something controversial when they were younger and naïve, but not realise they can still suffer the consequences today. Some people use social media to vent or complain and don’t think about the permanent nature of their digital footprint.
“People make mistakes when they’re younger, but these don’t necessarily need to hinder them in the future. While many may think that celebrities or political figures are the only ones at risk of this happening, they’re not. Business people, influencers and respected people in an industry may have information online they’d prefer to keep private. The eradicators can ensure this is done without any evidence.”