Facebookers could soon wipe all posts made as teenagers

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo as he poses with an Samsung S4 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo - RTX2IVBO

There's nothing worse than a cringeworthy post you made to Facebook as a teenager resurfacing years later.

So it's come as welcome news in the UK that social media users may soon be able to delete every single post they made before turning 18, for good.

The legislation plans come amid concerns people's job opportunities may be damaged due to comments they made when they were younger.

A UK survey of human resources professionals revealed a third of employers rejected job applicants after checking their social media profiles.

The proposed law would give people the right to make social media wipe clean all photos, messages and information they put online as a teenager.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says social media companies will also be legally obliged to take down "inappropriate, bullying, harmful or illegal content" that is flagged to them by users, and will face multi-million dollar fines if they don't comply.

"The internet has brought a wealth of opportunity but also significant new risks which have evolved faster than society's response to them", Ms May told The Telegraph.

"We want social media companies to do more to help redress the balance and will take action to make sure they do.

New Zealand does not have any similar legislation in the pipeline.