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And Peeple isn't sitting well with everyone
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2015 12:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – Your reputation may be about to get a lot more public. New app Peeple, launching in November, will let users 21 or older review basically anyone—friends, coworkers, exes, you name it—as long as they use their real name. You can't opt out and anyone with your cell phone number can put your name on the site, though your profile will show only positive reviews if you don't register. Registered users have 48 hours to work out a negative evaluation with a reviewer before it goes live, reports the Guardian. Oh, and you can't delete negative reviews, reports the Washington Post. In other words, it's Yelp, but for people. How are people taking the news?

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  • "If you're one of the people who miss bullying kids in high school, then Peeple is definitely going to be the app for you!" writes Mike Morrison at Metro. "Went on a bad date? Make sure they never go on a date again! Hate the color of your neighbor's house? With a few simple clicks they’ve become laughing stock of the community!" He adds the app could "ruin someone's life." (Peeple says its terms and conditions are intended to prevent abuse and bullying.)
  • "It's inherently invasive, even when complimentary," Caitlin Dewey writes at the Post. "And it's objectifying and reductive in the manner of all online reviews. One does not have to stretch far to imagine the distress and anxiety that such a system would cause even a slightly self-conscious person; it's not merely the anxiety of being harassed or maligned on the platform—but of being watched and judged, at all times, by an objectifying gaze to which you did not consent."
  • "So #Peeple is what happens when two popular mean girls from your high school grow up & decide to make a slam book for the entire world?" comedian Sara Schaefer writes on Twitter of co-founders Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough. "Peeple customer service: Press 1 for jilted ex, Press 2 for that dbag is lying, Press 3 if you are Judge Judy we need you to help us oh god," she adds.
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