Though it hasn't even launched yet, a new app called Peeple has everyone talking -- but what they're saying about it isn't so great. The app, which has been described as "Yelp for people," allows you to rate virtually anyone, using a 1 to 5 star rating system.
According to the Washington Post, in order to rate someone, a person has to be 21, have a valid Facebook and use their real name in the review. "You must also affirm that you 'know' the person in one of three categories: personal, professional or romantic," the paper noted. Per the Post:
Positive ratings post immediately; negative ratings are queued in a private inbox for 48 hours in case of disputes. If you haven’t registered for the site, and thus can’t contest those negative ratings, your profile only shows positive reviews.
Much of the app's controversy centers around consent -- anyone can make an account for anyone, whether that person authorizes it or not. "To add someone to the database who has not been reviewed before, you must have that person’s cell phone number," the Post reported.
The process for deleting a Peeple profile has also raised concerns. Once you've been added to Peeple's system (by yourself or another person), there's not a clear way to get out of it. Users can only report views they deem "inaccurate."
The app's founders maintain that Peeple isn't meant to be used as a tool for harassment. Co-founder Nicole McCullough said that her experience as a mother inspired her to make the app -- that she wanted a way to learn more about people who would potentially babysit her kids.
Regardless, Peeple has already been compared to Lulu, an app that allows female users to rate men on their physical, romantic and sexual desirability. “We are so different from Lulu,” Co-founder Julia Cordray told MTV News. "We are not anonymous and Lulu is, men and women can comment on the dating section for our app not just women like in Lulu, we don’t charge men (Lulu does) to see what anonymous women (we are not anonymous and men and women can participate) wrote about them."
"Unlike in Lulu, with us, you have to be single to use the dating side of our app, as we respect your current relationships and have no intention of interrupting them or causing any drama," Cordray said. "We have so many checks and balances and integrity features compared to Lulu that is would be a mistake to even compare us."
Cordray seems optimistic in spite of the app's criticisms. “We have had way more positive feedback than negative at this point," she told MTV News. "We are eager to let our Beta testers tell us what they want to see in this app and make the app a world class user experience. If we need to change the app and the way it functions based on what the users want we would be happy to consider it."