Peeple doesn’t account for inconsiderate people

Najee Walker, Associate News Editor

In the latest on “apps that may be coming to your smartphones that everyone will probably use and also probably hate,” I present to you “Peeple.” If you don’t read any news—mainstream or otherwise—or don’t like John Oliver, then you probably haven’t heard of this app.

Peeple is an app that let’s you rate anyone you’ve ever met. Or anyone you haven’t met.

The app was created by two women. The one who gets the most attention is Julia Cordray. She and her co-founder believe firmly that the app is a positive message.

What they don’t realize is how toxic people are when they are online, whether it’s anonymous or not.

Here’s how the app would work. You download Peeple and link it through some kind of account, probably Facebook. Much like Tinder, you are connected through some other kind of social media and your likes, dislikes, photos and so on, are placed for all to see.

Aside from that, the moment someone finds you on the app, they can rate you—much like you would rate a restaurant on Yelp—and there it is. Someone has given you a five-star or whatever grading system and said something great about you! You feel great about yourself!

How about this, though: Someone else who you knew in grade school, who you absolutely hated, has somehow found you on this app. They give you a quarter-star rating and call you every kind of slur imaginable. They beat you down the way internet people love to beat people down. You feel terrible. Your self -esteem plummets. Yikes.

How about this, even: Someone in Australia who you have never seen in your life, thinks it would be an amazing idea to write a ton of bad things about you. Horrible things that you cannot believe anyone would say about you. How does that make you feel? Probably not too good. Probably worse than that grade school punk made you feel.

The fact of the matter is, no matter how many changes they try to make based on feedback, this is a bad idea.

During an interview with Dr. Phil, Cordray insisted that no one ever thought that cyber-bullying would exist with their app. They never thought of anything but spreading a positive movement for all.

I’m sorry, but the world does not have room for such a naive thought. The app would probably cause more terrible things to happen than good things.

I will admit one thing, Cordray at least seems like a good person. In every interview and in every picture, she smiles. She is proud and honestly believes that there is good in the world. And for that, I think she should be applauded.

However, I also think that she needs to open her eyes and think a little. While it is a good idea for people to positively rate others, not everyone has positive experiences with others. That is to say, we all have someone we don’t like. More importantly, the world is just full of harmful, mean individuals.

The app has been called many names. Creepy, strange, insane and so on. In a sense, I agree. I’d actually add terrifying onto that list. With so much actual bullying based on race, religion, gender, and sexuality, putting yourself—or others—on this app or any app like it, is almost like digging your own grave.

It is scary to think that anyone in the world can say whatever they like about me and for all to see. It’s like having an argument with your former friend on international television.

I am fully aware that there are people who are on board with this app, or that there might be people who would say “grow a pair,” to those who might get hurt by what is said about them. But, it really is all fun and games until something happens.

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