“Yelp for people” app arrives amid controversy
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A people-rating mobile app nicknamed “Yelp for people” has finally arrived, amid a flood of not-so-flattering comments on social media.
The “Peeple” app first generated controversy back in October, before it had even launched. Now that it’s publicly available, it’s sparked a new wave of outrage.
Peeple is currently downloadable for free, for iPhones or iPads. An Android version is in the works.
The app allows users to rate other users in three categories: personal, professional, and romantic. According to the app’s creators, it’s designed to be “a reference check for the people around us.”
On their website, the creators elaborate on the app’s stated purpose: “The Peeple app allows you to better choose who you hire, do business with, date, become your neighbors, roommates, landlords/tenants, and watch, teach, and care for your children.”
Some though, dislike that central premise; the whole idea of people “reviewing” others, as they might a restaurant or a product. They’ve been sharing their frustration using the hashtags #Peeple and #Yelpforpeople.
Prolific tweeter Chrissy Teigen was one celebrity who share her disgust, writing, “In an age where both truth and gossip on the Internet can literally ruin lives, this #peeple app is horrible AND scary.”
An online petition urging Apple and Google to block the app’s release also garnered more than 34,000 signatures.
The Peeple app now available does not allow users to rate others without their permission. Reviews will also only be published with the consent of the person being reviewed.
On its website, Peeple also stresses it does not want to be used as a platform for attacking others. “We do not tolerate profanity, bullying … name calling, degrading comments, abuse, derogatory comments, sexual references, racism, legal references, hateful content, sexism, and other parameters” the company said.