Would It Be OK If An App Allowed People To ‘Rate’ Other People?

Posted on October 14, 2015 in Business and Economy

By Apoorv Shandilya:

Every single one of us fears to be judged and pushed beneath a great degree of shame and disagreement. The very most of the entire world’s population resorts to means like never facing an audience, for they hate the very concept of being judged and judging somebody who is just as him/her, as you are yourself. Looks like no one can hide any more from the wrath of the internet.

Image source: Twitter
Image source: Twitter

In our modern and diverse world where we can literally rate and review every thing that we can lay our eyes upon, from specific restaurants to a shade of an eye shadow, Julia Cordray has come up with an app that lets one review people and rate them on a rating scale of 5.

With an onset of the concept of rating stuff, a new population has arisen that does not go for a movie, buy a new phone, or even dine at an unknown restaurant before viewing a set of ratings and reviews written by complete strangers. Precisely these people will surely be the ones who will be referencing the Peeple app.

With a caption that says, ‘Character is destiny’, Peeple is an upcoming app that is supposed to revolutionize the world in a never before manner by allowing anybody who has a Facebook account and is 21 years or older to rate every single person in their contact list to the ratings from 1 to 5.

‘The Peeple app allows us to better choose who we hire, do business with, date, become our neighbours, room mates, landlords/tenants, and teach our children,’ runs the blurb of the app. ‘There are endless reasons as to why we would want this reference check for the people around us.’

According to the Washington Post, the company’s shares are valued at $7.6 million, and founders Cordray and McCullough are pitching for more investment.

Going into some of it’s specifications, there is a point about the app that I must highlight: To review somebody else who is not on the app, you can create a profile for them with their cell phone number; they’ll be notified via text that they have been added to Peeple, but won’t have an option to remove their profile from the app.

Apparently the reviews expire after a duration of an year, suggesting the idea behind people changing themselves for good.

Although users can report any write-ups they believe are inaccurate or violate Peeple’s terms and conditions, but they cannot delete reviews. If you do not join Peeple, and thus can’t contest those negative ratings, your profile shows only positive ones.

The very idea behind all of this to me seems grotesque for I do not find a single reason for an app like this to ever come in existence. Though the founders have defended the app by saying that their intention was to bring positivity and kindness to the world, the creation of apps like these provides people an opportunity to harass others, for no fault of their own. The negatives outweigh the positives of the app, and I firmly believe that judging a person doesn’t define who they are. It defines who we are.