RoomSync Protects Users From Profanity

The web is brimming with all types of content, some good and some bad. In the RoomSync application, there is also a lot of content that users can access while searching for the perfect roommate at their university or off-campus apartment. We give users access to Facebook profiles and lifestyle preferences to help them make the roommate decision. As we were building the application, we received a lot of great feedback from our clients. What we heard is that they wanted to see an editable text area where users can write down what they are looking for in a roommate. This was a great idea and we decided to implement the “About Me” and “About My Roommate” tabs for this purpose.

With great power comes great responsibility. Now that we have given users the ability to enter whatever descriptive text they would like to, how do we make sure that they enter appropriate content? With thousands of users, it becomes difficult to monitor language through manually searching each RoomSync network. Enter Defensio!

Defensio is a new security suite for the Web, and it has the ability to integrate directly into Facebook applications like RoomSync. What Defensio does is allow the RoomSync application to block users from entering inappropriate and malicious content within these two sections, helping to keep the site clean of offensive language.

If a user is attempting to post content with a word that Defensio deems offensive, the user will be directed go back and edit their content because of the profanity. In a case where the content passes through, the user will be prompted with a message that their About Me section was updated successfully.

Let us know what you think about our integration with Defensio, comments are always welcome!

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