People Can Now Rate You On This Terrifying New App

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Your parents are coming over for the evening. You umm and ahh over places to take them. McDonalds won’t cut in on this occasion. You need somewhere that screams, “I’ve definitely got my s*** together, folks!” And then it’s obvious: why not turn to actual grown ups on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor to help you decide what looks good in the area?

We all rely on sites like these to give us advice on where to go. But now the inevitable has happened. And we’re scared. In November, a new (free) app called Peeple will hit the iOS store. It’s a new people rating app, allowing you to leave star ratings for people you come into contact with on a day-to-day basis. And, unlike LinkedIn – which encourages professional recommendations – this new app allows you to rate people’s professional, personal AND romantic lives.

Yeah, we can see absolutely no way in which this can go wrong…

Peeple, a new people rating app, can't go wrong at all...right?

But the scariest bit about the app is that, as long as they have your phone number, people will be able to leave reviews for you – even if you haven’t ever signed up to the app. You can’t even opt-out of it, or remove any comments once they’ve been posted. It sounds like the stuff of nightmares to us.

While the people rating app does encourage everyone to leave positive comments, there is, of course, the option to leave negative reviews. However, these won’t go live on the app for 48 hours, giving you a chance to reconcile with the other person. Yeah, we’d better not piss anyone off too much…

Julia and Nicole, the faces behind this new people rating app.

The people rating app is the creation of two best friends, Julia and Nicole, who insist that it’s not supposed to be a bullying platform. On the Peeple site, they write: “The peeple app allows us to better choose who we hire, do business with, date, become our neighbours, roommates, landlords/tenants, and teach our children.”

Understandably, the Peeple Facebook page has been inundated with negative comments from people who think the idea is the worst thing to ever hit the app market. Some of the comments make for quite harsh reading. Mark Stockton wrote: “One of my clients is a counsellor and your app is probably going to allow him to retire from the droves of people that are about to get their lives destroyed by your app.” And Ashley Lynch calls the app ‘a harassment tool for abusers.’ Ouch. We definitely wouldn’t want to be Julia and Nicole right now.

It’ll be interesting to see how it takes off. That’s if it even manages to take off in the first place. With it now being ruled that it’s now considered workplace bullying to ‘unfriend’ someone on Facebook, we’re waiting with baited breath to see what kind of legal obstacles this new app will throw up…

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