(Newsweek)Does this app encourage cyberbullying? What does the app do to screen for fake reviews?
A controversial new app described as a “Yelp for people” has gone viral-and sparked terror on the Internet.The app, which has the tagline “Character is Destiny,” allows people to rate one another, as if they were businesses on Yelp (note: there is no affiliation between Yelp and Peeple, they just work similarly), using a one-to-five star rating system. This begs the obvious question: Should we really be rating other human beings?
“Peeple,” which bills itself as a way to “rate and comment about the people you interact with in your daily lives,” has soared to prominence in the wake of a post on The Washington Post’s Intersect blog, which deems it “terrifying.”
Though the app won’t launch until November, the early reviews aren’t positive: In headlines and tweets, Peeple is being called “truly awful,” “a bad dream” and “a terrible idea.”But the app’s founder, Julia Cordray, is staying firm. She says that critics don’t understand her product.
The Peeple team stresses that people won’t be allowed to write anonymous reviews. Users will have to sign in through their Facebook profile and must be 21 or older. To add a person to the database to be reviewed, the user must have that individual’s cell phone number. But what if someone who has your number pens a negative review of you?“The only way that those comments will go live is if they’re positive,” Cordray says. “If they leave a negative comment, it goes into your inbox and it is kept there until you, as the other user, claims your profile.” (Negative reviews will remain private for 48 hours, giving the person being reviewed a chance to respond.)