May 24, 2011 at 10:14 AM ET
There are plenty of bad jokes, self-indulgent whining sessions, and random dramatic rants to be found on Facebook walls, but apparently there's also a great deal of profanity on the social network. According to one service, about 47 percent of users have some kind of vile filth on their walls.
The numbers come from the folks behind Facebook monitoring service Reppler, which crunched some numbers and analyzed the contents of about 30,000 Facebook walls. From that data, Reppler came to these conclusions:
"So what," you might think. "What are a few curse words here and there?"
Well, Reppler explains that the "prevalence of profanity on Facebook walls is an increasingly important issue as a user’s Facebook profile comes under closer scrutiny, particularly by employers as they screen job applicants."
Based on the data collected, most of the profanity on users' walls comes from foul-mouthed friends, so even the cleanest-mouthed individuals would have to keep a close eye on their social networking profiles to prevent content that might offend prudish potential employers.