“Character is destiny,” is the motto of Peeple, a new app being called the “Yelp for people,” and will allow people to publicly rank and review any person, ranging from neighbours to ex-girlfriends.
And based on the online reaction to the forthcoming app, people don’t seem too pleased about their digital destinies.
“Basically Yelp, but for humans,” Caitlin Dewey at the Washington Post described the app.
Founded by two women, Julia Corday and Nicole McCullough, the app is scheduled to launch in November and will allow users to rate people in three categories: personal, professional, and dating. Anybody with a Facebook account can join and reviews cannot be removed from the app unless the violate the company’s terms of service.
“As two empathetic, female entrepreneurs in the tech space, we want to spread love and positivity,” Peeple co-founder Cordray told the Washington Post.
Peeple reviews won’t just be full of “love and positivity.” Users will be able to write both positive and negative reviews, ranking people using a five star system and a “positivity rating.”
What about opting out of the app? It’s currently not an option, though the company may consider it in the future, the company’s FAQ section explains.
There are some safeguards in place on the app. Anonymous reviews are not allowed, so if you’re going to review someone on Peeple, you’ll have to be prepared face the potential consequences too, the Verge notes.
To further combat potential abuse, negative comments on the app will be held for 48 hours. During that time, the comments will be send to the person the comments are about, giving the comment writer and receiver the chance to work out any issues before the comment is posted.
“One of the most exciting features of the app is the ability to share any content on the app with whoever you want. With the click of a button you can post content from the app on Facebook, Twitter, Email, and Text,” the Peeple website explains.
However, people online don’t seem to find the app as “exciting” as the folks at Peeple do.
Some people couldn’t even believe the app was real, like this Twitter user who thought the app was the work of an internet troll.
While others pointed out flaws in the app’s rating system.
Even model and Twitter favourite Chrissy Teigen weighed in on Peeple.
She’s not alone. A quick Twitter search for “Peeple bullying,” yields dozens of people Tweeting about the potential dangers of the app.
This Twitter user claims she was banned from the Peeple Facebook page for asking questions about opting out of the app. Tech Insider has reached out to Peeple to get the latest and will update if we hear back.
This Twitter user was surprised to see that the app had been created by two women.
Peeple seems to be well aware of the criticisms the app is already drawing.
“Whether you love us or our concept or not; we still welcome everyone to explore this online village of love and abundance for all,” the People website explains.
You’ll be able to check out the “village of love” for yourself when Peeple launches later this fall.
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