HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s no secret that we’re connected by technology more than ever these days. Information is available right at our fingertips, but are you aware of information that might be circulating about you or a loved one?
We’re talking about information about a man’s ego, his pocketbook, and even his tricks in the bedroom. A new app on the market, called Lulu, lets women rate men anonymously, and without any reservations.
“You just find everybody you have ever come in contact with, like friends’ ex-boyfriends and you click on it and it’s true stuff,” said Elle Kaplan, a Lulu user. “You’re like this is so true you know it actually applies to their personality.”
The Lulu app was launched earlier this year. It’s a way for females to get dirt on guys before they get in too deep.
“It’s not like a rating system. You answer questions and based on those questions that’s how it gives them a number rating,” said Kaplan.
The questions are witty and the answers are formulated into trendy hashtags. “There’s hashtags like #mommasboy or #stillinlovewithhisex or #babyblueeyes or something,” she said.
Kaplan said it’s easy to spot an ex-girlfriend just out for revenge.
“You’ll be able to see, you know like how many reviews they have, so if all of them are really good reviews and then there’s one random that’s like ex girlfriend or friend that’s really bad then you kinda tell okay, maybe she’s out for whatever,” Kaplan said.
The app only allows women to rate men. So how can a guy see what’s being said about them? If they are lucky, they have a sister or a female friend who lets them check out their reviews. Kaplan said her guy friends know the app exists, but they don’t really seem to care.
“I think guys brush it off their shoulder a bit more. I think guys have their ego and they have their own confidence already there’s not much that can break them down like there is for girls,” she said.
However, there’s another issue at hand. Is Lulu legal?
“I think that certainly, in my opinion, it’s something that’s legal,” said Huntsville attorney Mark McDaniel. “Those First Amendment rights are very powerful, that you can say things and publish things and get away with it because of the First Amendment.”
Keep in mind, Lulu is an application for phones. But McDaniel said it doesn’t matter. If a male wanted to sue over the app, it would be easy to track the questionable review back to the owner’s phone.
“If you send it, it can be traced back to you, that’s a no-brainer, so they can say it’s anonymous and that’s their policy but if a person wants to file a lawsuit and start sending out subpoenas, that’s a different ball game,” said McDaniel. “They can get that information.”
McDaniel said even if a guy wanted to sue over the app, it would be a tough case to prove. Truth is a defense.
“They can put anything out there and the man can look at it and say okay, you’ve ruined my reputation; I’m going to file a defamation lawsuit against you. Her defense is going to be ‘it’s the truth,’ how is he going to disprove that?”
McDaniel has one piece of advice for those guys who are unlucky enough to be on the app.
“So that’s the bottom line of this thing, they can do it, and these guys…just hold on for the ride.”