Peeple: Positivity app or Cyberbully in the making?

There is a new app coming out in October that is stirring up a lot of controversy.

Peeple is a new app that gives users the ability to rate friends or acquaintances in a social media platform. These ratings and comments will not only be able to be seen by the person being rated but will also be seen by anyone who choose to click on the person’s profile. 

I heard about this app while in my digital marketing class and I was intrigued by the premise. Giving people the ability to rate a person they know and letting that person know exactly how someone feels about them.

I’ll be honest the first thing I thought about was the Community episode that featured an app with the same idea. People were split based on how high their rating was and those with lower ratings were exiled. At the time I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever seen, but I did laugh through the entire episode

I feel like we spend so much of our time hiding behind our Facebook pages, twitter, avatars, texts and yes…even blogs that we don’t take the time to actually learn about ourselves. We can edit our lives through these platforms but we can’t edit real-time. We don’t want to hear the negative comments even if they could potentially make us a better human being. We refuse to acknowledge that we are human, and we aren’t perfect. Yes I would be afraid to hear the negative comments but then again a person would need to skim through and find the comments that are relevant and aren’t just insults.

My perspective on Peeple is that it is giving people the opportunity to speak about those they know positively (and negatively) while still letting them hide behind the comfort of a phone or laptop.

Yesterday (Oct. 5) the Peeple website went down and I was unable to look up a lot of the information that was posted. This morning (Oct. 6) the Guardian posted an article stating that after pressure from social media and backlash from many others the app has changed removing the option of commenting in a negative way all together.

I do understand that there is the possibility of having cyberbullying and harassment but is that any different from the negative comments posted on a person’s Facebook page.

The Peeple app is rumoured to be released Oct. 12 now without the negative comment feature of the app I wonder…will we ever grow up and learn to take the criticism whether it’s good or bad?

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