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Peeple app for rating human beings causes uproar

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    A new app that promises to let users review individuals has caused controversy before it has even launched.

    Peeple will allow members to give star ratings to people they know via the app, much as restaurants and hotels are rated on sites such as Yelp.

    The app has caused uproar online, with web users descrying it as "creepy" and "terrifying".

    Peeple's founders say they will pre-screen for negative abuse.

    However, users will not be able to delete comments made about them. Nor will they be able to remove themselves from the site once on it.

    Among those raising concern was University of East Anglia law lecturer and privacy advocate Paul Bernal.

    "The bottom line is this is extremely creepy," he told the BBC. "It is an ideal trolling tool."

    Mr Bernal added that he was sceptical that the app could ensure users knew the person they were rating.

    "How are you determining whether somebody knows somebody?" he asked.

    "If you're using Facebook friends, do people really know all their Facebook friends? Absolutely not."

    Legal 'headaches'

    There may be legal difficulties too, according to Steven Heffer, a partner at the law firm Collyer-Bristow.

    "I can only see a lot of headaches," he told the BBC. "It looks to me like potentially a recipe for a legal disaster."

    Mr Heffer said the app was different from existing social media in that it specifically encouraged users to assess others and that negative comments on individuals would be difficult to police.

    "They can't be judge and jury, can they?" he said.

    "They might have some kind of safety net, but it's not going to stop people being defamed and suffering damage as well."

    The website for Peeple says that negative reviews will be stalled for 48 hours before being published, so that they can be checked by the person being rated.

    However, if they are not able to resolve the comment with the person making it within that time, it will go live anyway.

    This system could be problematic if someone did try to bully another person via the app, said technology researcher Natalie Kane.
    "Essentially you're asking victims to confront their abusers - that's a difficult conversation for any victim to have," she said.

    'Natural fear'

    Peeple co-founder Julia Cordray told the BBC: "With any new concept there is naturally fear.

    "When the people found out that the Earth was round instead of flat and that we revolved around the Sun instead of the Sun revolving around us, naturally people were upset and confused and they pushed back with all that they had."

    Ms Cordray said the app, due to launch in November, had 5,000 members signed up for testing and was receiving more than 100 requests every hour for access.

    She said Peeple would independently assess negative reviews during the 48 hour window to ensure they did not breach terms and conditions.

    These include a ban on:


    • profanity

    • degrading comments

    • abuse

    • sexual and legal references

    • racism

    • hateful content

    Ms Cordray added, "We are not anonymous. You have to be 21 and older. You can only message someone once, and if they don't respond you can never message them again.

    "You can share the positive things that you say about people or the positive things that people have said about you through our sharing features."
     
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    Rate a hotel - "yes, awesome, so useful, don't go anywhere without checking tripadvisor"
    Rate a person - "creepy, terrifying, omg heeeeeelp"

    Such consistency, much honesty, wow.
     
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    I think I may open a BST selling five star ratings for the mentally unstable and insecure.
     
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    is this true or just scare-mongering? Doesnt the data protection act cover this in the uk? I cant remember and cant be arsed to look it up :/ Im sure at least if they are holding details that are incorrect, they have to remove them. So if some one says you are a "twat" on there im sure if you can prove you are not a twat they are legaly obliged to remove you?
     
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    I will take 10.

    I'm wondering if they'll run ads.
     
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    I'm very screwed in this one lol. Friends would rate me as -2
     
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    Lol. In the future people will be cross-checking potential friends etc I guess.... See if they are good people or not. Will bring a whole new era of ORM.
     
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    Time to put some ex bfs up there.

    This reminds me of the old "hot or not" site.

    I want to be rated a 1 and be the best terrible person on there. Because being rated on the Internet is creepy and horrible and scary. There's like... my name and stars next to it. Pretty scary stuff.
     
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    That reminded me of this nope gif I found online. I can't post it right now bc my comp hates me.

    Why are her links yellow on a white background? That is so...wrong.

    My eyes hurt.
     

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    do i get 5star with honors, nothing less will do
     
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    I would love to read the negative reviews from people who think they know me. I can see it now:

    • "1/5: Extremely rude! I asked how my dress looked, and he said, 'it's a bit on the tacky side'"
    • "1/5: Sits on the computer all day pretending to "make money" on the Internet. How does Internet money work, anyway?"
    • "1/5: Always wears a black Henley, blue jeans, and black boots during the summer in the desert. Why?????"
    • "1.5: Refuses to work in a team citing 'incompetent team mates' as the issue"
    • "1/5: Doesn't laugh at anyone else's jokes except his own"
    • "1/5: Takes things too literally all the time"
    • "0/5: Beware: Has a leather glove collection"

    I'm being serious too, I would get a kick out of the reviews. Sure, perhaps it would sully my birth name (what my family knows me by), but I rarely use that outside of family meetings anyway.
     
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    If you want five stars you will have to get in touch with Pewep. I am good but I am no magician.
     
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    Hawkster, thanks for introducing me to my new favourite drama.

    The founders are losing the plot with people questioning the app and have started telling people to fuck off, throwing tantrums and deleting posts. Apparently, they don't feel that people should be able to express negative opinions within the founders social space. Clearly, posting an online opinion that summarises someone's character in a few sentences is reductive and doubleplus ungood. And, it's noooooot faaaaaiiirrrrrr.

    I feel like I'm watching Mean Girls 15 years on. Their latest release addressing the haters is poetic and beautiful:

    An Ode to Courage: Innovators are often put down because people are scared and they don't understand. We are bold innovators and sending big waves into motion and we will not apologize for that because we love you enough to give you this gift. We know you are amazing, special, and unique individuals and most likely would never shout that from the rooftops. The people who know you will though...they choose to be around you and in your life and support you even when you don't like yourself. We have come so far as a society but in a digital world we are becoming so disconnected and lonely. You deserve better and to have more abundance, joy, and real authentic connections. You deserve to make better decisions with more information to protect your children and your biggest assets. You have worked so hard to get the reputation you have among the people that know you. As innovators we want to make your life better and have the opportunity to prove how great it feels to be loved by so many in a public space. We are a positivity app launching in November 2015. Whether you love us or our concept or not; we still welcome everyone to explore this online village of love and abundance for all.


    Their meowmeowbeenz ripoff isn't going to make it off the ground. Shame.
     
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    It is hilarious watching them get ripped apart.

    Well they are generating some Buzz I suppose, lets hope they remember to renew their domain at the end of the month:
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    http://www.whoismind.com/whois/forthepeeple.com.html
    http://www.whoismind.com/email/YWxwaGE-mycareerfox.com.html

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    Read the FAQ's
    http://forthepeeple.com/

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    If this was 6 months ago I would just put it down as an April Fool's
     
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    I have to say that the Idea behind this is quite interesting!
    Either the app will get banned or it will go long! :D
     
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    I think this app is going to be drama central. I just envisioned several scenarios happening all at once:

    - We were friends once but now we're not. So I leave you a negative review during a period of time when I know you won't be checking your phone. Maybe you have finals. Maybe you're on vacation. Maybe you're in the hospital. 48 hours later, the review goes live. Now everyone gets to watch us argue about how much you suck/don't suck on an app.

    - We were dating, but I found out you cheated on me. So, once again, I leave you a negative review during a period of time when I know you aren't going to check your phone for 48 hours. Review goes live. Now everyone watches the drama unfold.

    - I hire a bunch of people to leave you so many negative reviews that you can't get through them in 48 hours. A few of them go live. Now you look like a bitch and we're laughing at you.

    - You get a couple of negative reviews and you spiral into a cyber-bullying rant, posting pics of the reviews on FB and trying to rally people to your side. Even though the reviews never went live because you disputed them, you're still creating drama.

    - Someone with super low self-esteem signs up to the app. Yeah. I don't even have to finish that.

    - A bunch of teenagers decide to leave negative reviews on a person that has no idea about the app. Someone sends them a screen cap of the app with the reviews. Kid commits suicide. Although this happens on social media, this app will get special attention because it's designed to rate people. People will say that type of environment is grounds for things like this to happen.

    - Someone actually sues these people for defamation of character, emotional damage, etc. etc.

    See all the things that could go wrong with this app?

    Aside from the fact that the "innovators" who invented this app think everyone on the planet is special little snowflakes, they're just asking for it. You may think you've got this under control, but you don't.
     
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    This is going to make the best troll tool ever.
     
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    Don't tell me I'm not a special snowflake. I AM special, ffs. You are getting a 1 star review.
     
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