The not-so-original Peeple app is described by its creators as a positive application. When it is released next month, Peeple will permit all its users to rank and look for people just as we rate and categorize fine dining places, resorts and car companies based on ratings of other applications.
Think about a database that lets everyone to be rated, categorized and analyzed by someone who he or she has loved, worked with and befriended, all these without their approval.
But experts are worried that this app it will become an exclusive place for negativity that will let rumors and shaming to flourish. Enough cases of cyber-bullying have started from apparently harmless gossips between groups of acquaintances of the victims.
Customers will be allowed to add almost anyone to the app, and people cannot opt out of having opinions published about them, this raising some issues about the obtrusive characteristics of the app.
When the application is launched in November, clients will be able to evaluate their close friends, colleagues, previous (or even current) partners and almost anyone else. This program uses a one-to five-star ranking system.
The application will be offered only on iOS gadgets next month. It has already countless users who are trying it out as early adopters, according to messages on the app’s Facebook official page. Its developers’ stocks currently place its value at around $7.5 million, as financial specialists affirmed.
If they want to post their own rating, clients have to be at least 21 with a personal Facebook account. Opinions must be posted under an individual’s own name and a client must say how he or she knows the reviewed person according to one of these categories: professional, personal or romantic.
A user who can access another person’s mobile phone can create a new profile for him or her on the website. The customer will get a phone text telling them who made their new profile and that they must read what is written about them on the application. The FAQ’s do not say how the website can verify the credibility of the information offered.
Once someone is included, anyone on the app can think about their traits as a person. Peeple’s creators claim that they created systems in order to fight verbal violence or harassment on the website. Customers will be allowed to report any negative message in the content they get and administrators will be capable to eliminate the respective opinion and ban the user who breached the agreed terms. Basically, the decision to eliminate content considered as “bullying” is made by the website’s operators.
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