Have you heard about the new app called Peeple, which is being promoted as the “Yelp for People”? It allows people to RATE other people, the same way we currently rate restaurants and products we’ve purchased. Chrissy Teigen, for one, isn’t a fan.
The app is scheduled to launch in late November, and people can NOT opt out of being included in the app, according to the Washington Post. You can rate anyone you’ve had any interaction with on a one-to five-star system. OMG.
Anyone who has your phone number can post your name and rate you. If you haven’t personally registered for the site, then only positive reviews will show up. If you have registered for the site, then negative reviews of you will be held for 48 hours to give you an opportunity to dispute the rating, but once the rating goes live, it’s up. People who give ratings must be 21, have a registered Facebook account, and rate people under their own names (because we all know there aren’t any phony Facebook accounts out there *sarcasm*).
Chrissy didn’t hold back in voicing her objections to this app.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 1, 2015
at least I signed up to have the world judge and grade me publicly. I f**king hate this app and the boardroom table it was created around.
However, the founders, Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough, are defending their app. Julia said:
This is all about uplifting each other and helping each other and operating from positivity. We all deserve to know who the best of the best are. This is about uplifting people.”
Has she not been on twitter or read the comments of an article on the Internet? Julia added:
There’s a lot of misunderstandings of the way the app actually works. We have more integrity features and more accountability features built in than most online ratings systems today. I can appreciate, when people found out the world was actually round and not flat, and that we revolved around the sun instead of the sun revolving around us, there was tons of fear and uproar. We need to keep in mind that with any new concept and any new idea, there’s always going to be some fear and some concern.”
The Washington Post was pretty critical about the app, pointing out that it was inherently invasive and simply wrong to think people can be judged by a number, but Julia called the article a “misrepresentation.”
I have to say, I’m not at all sure why the Peeple creators think this will be mostly positive. I’m with Chrissy and The Washington Post: this sounds like something that is going to do more harm than good. However, my guess is very few people will actually sign up for it and claim their profiles. That’s the best way to protect yourself.
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