'Yelp for People' App Launches, Here's What You Should Know

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Ha! Jokes on you! I don't even HAVE a smart phone!! I mean, sure it's the only way to get that "Community Ambassador" badge on Steam, but sacrifices have to made in this situation...

Other than that, and I can't believe I'm saying this, I kinda wish this app was like if Yelp was drunk on [human] Snapchat...

FPLOON:
Ha! Jokes on you! I don't even HAVE a smart phone!! I mean, sure it's the only way to get that "Community Ambassador" badge on Steam, but sacrifices have to made in this situation...

Other than that, and I can't believe I'm saying this, I kinda wish this app was like if Yelp was drunk on [human] Snapchat...

No, actually, sadly, the joke really is on you. All someone needs to opt you in is a phone number. Not even your number, and without a smartphone you can't even dispute the stuff they choose to publish about you.

Starke:

FPLOON:
Ha! Jokes on you! I don't even HAVE a smart phone!! I mean, sure it's the only way to get that "Community Ambassador" badge on Steam, but sacrifices have to made in this situation...

Other than that, and I can't believe I'm saying this, I kinda wish this app was like if Yelp was drunk on [human] Snapchat...

No, actually, sadly, the joke really is on you. All someone needs to opt you in is a phone number. Not even your number, and without a smartphone you can't even dispute the stuff they choose to publish about you.

*deeply sighs*

FPLOON:
Well, that's it... Fuck it! I'm finally changing my identity phone number! Sorry, very important people in my life and Barbrah, it's looks like I can't trust anyone anymore... Time to finally close up shop...

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I never needed to ninja myself more than this situation right now...

Hah, I remember being the one that brought it to attention here too. I thought it faded into obscurity. But here it is! What joy! I was aware of the original changes they made, but this paid subscription thing is new... And exactly what made them change things in the first place. They just had to find some way to make it insane once again

JoJo:
I'm no legal expert but I have a hunch this would be illegal in the UK under the Data Protection Act, which requires a person's permission for a company to hold identifiable personal data about them. At the very least, you should in theory be able to request any data held about you on this site is deleted. That's not even going into libel..

Kinda feel the article here is missing some very crucial points that I seem to have come across by doing some quick searching:

1. The original design of this app was that anybody signed up for it could freely create profiles for other people and leave 'reviews' of that person. Even if said person didn't sign up for the service. There was a huge backlash over this when it was unveiled last year and they've removed this dubious 'feature'. Apparently you can't just sign up ANYONE now without their consent.

2. You can now deactivate an account. Which apparently wasn't possible in the first planned iteration either. Although allegedly the data is still 'there'.

3. You had no control over reviews of yourself. After a time limit negative reviews were automatically unmasked. Now this is no longer the case unless you pay for their premium service thing.

4. However because of 1, 2 and 3 the app is now largely pointless. Because its now incredibly limited in scope.

That being said in its first iteration this thing was a truly terrifying breach of personal privacy.

Sources:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34415382
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35725862

Gibbagobba:
We brought this on ourselves. We're just giving our freedoms away in spades. What on Earth is wrong with this brain-dead species?!

Ever see the movie Idiocracy? It's at the same time one of the funniest movies I've ever seen and one of the most terrifying movies I've ever seen.

"Why is it terrifying?" you may ask...because at this rate it seems that our society is trying it's god damn best to take it from a work of fiction and turn it into a historical documentary.

Baresark:

Pyrian:

Neverhoodian:
If it's opt-in only then people have no one to blame but themselves if (more likely when) they get screwed over.

Mmmm. But what if someone opts "you" in without your knowledge or consent?

Can they do that?

I don't see why not, considering there's countless fake Facebook pages and such. I doubt there's any kind of stringent screening process that prevents John Doe from making an account for Bob Smith.

Jandau:

LJ Ellis:
*snip*

Please, for the love of god, please edit the article and add the fact that the app is opt-in only - you can only get reviewed if you sign up for it first. This thread is going to go downhill fast, and this is the important bit of information that shouldn't be left out.

Don't get me wrong, I still think the app is a terrible idea. But random people won't get massively slandered without their knowledge on the app...

What's stopping anyone from signing somebody up without their knowledge?

I'm on the fence, but maybe leaning toward a system like this, as it could encourage social responsibility. On that note, it would need an unreasonable amount of moderation to really be any good. I feel that any person on this app should be able to retort a negative review, and they can leave it up to the viewer whether or not their interactions were justified or actually bad. On the other side of the coin, there's probably something funny about a 'truth license' subscriber looking to hire a person who has 3 good reviews and 30 negative ones they have simply hidden.

SecondPrize:

Jandau:

LJ Ellis:
*snip*

Please, for the love of god, please edit the article and add the fact that the app is opt-in only - you can only get reviewed if you sign up for it first. This thread is going to go downhill fast, and this is the important bit of information that shouldn't be left out.

Don't get me wrong, I still think the app is a terrible idea. But random people won't get massively slandered without their knowledge on the app...

What's stopping anyone from signing somebody up without their knowledge?

The fact that that would likely fall under some form of identity theft and be punishable by law? Sure, people might still do it, but then the person affected has recourse once they find out - demand that the profile be removed and potentially sic the police on the person who did the signing up in the first place.

Again, I don't support the app and I think it's a terrible idea, I just think that this aspect of it should have been mentioned in the article, as it makes it slightly less awful.

Jandau:

SecondPrize:

Jandau:

Please, for the love of god, please edit the article and add the fact that the app is opt-in only - you can only get reviewed if you sign up for it first. This thread is going to go downhill fast, and this is the important bit of information that shouldn't be left out.

Don't get me wrong, I still think the app is a terrible idea. But random people won't get massively slandered without their knowledge on the app...

What's stopping anyone from signing somebody up without their knowledge?

The fact that that would likely fall under some form of identity theft and be punishable by law? Sure, people might still do it, but then the person affected has recourse once they find out - demand that the profile be removed and potentially sic the police on the person who did the signing up in the first place.

Again, I don't support the app and I think it's a terrible idea, I just think that this aspect of it should have been mentioned in the article, as it makes it slightly less awful.

Good luck getting the police to care. Much like all those fake facebook profiles out there. "What? Oh, someone's saying mean things about you on the internet? Get the fuck out of here. This is for real crimes, kid, like wasting police resources."

And, good luck getting a tort suit going because they'll hide behind safe harbor protections, and the people who set up your account will be liable for libel, but figuring out who set up the account? Not so much.

9tailedflame:
Oh wow, this is such an abusable clusterfuck. I REALLY hope this flops, because otherwise we're going to have people mob-style make fake professional reviews and charge people to change them, and if they don't no employer will hire them, we'll have bitter and/or crazy exes reviewing their exes and saying pure bullshit, we'll have people making fake accounts of people, businesses will give their own employees bad reviews to prevent poaching, the company itself will start making problems and selling you the answers.

This is a terrible idea.

Said as if that isn't their entire business model.

This thing needs to flop. As someone has previously pointed out in a video, I can't remember it at the moment, you could basically make accusations that could ruin a person's life with a rape accusation as long as you don't give them too low of a rating. I hope this thing crashes and burns as bad as Twitter is right now.

hahaha, it's Meow Meow Beenz!

if you are thinking of using this, first google "Meow Meow Beenz" and watch the episode you arrive at.

Actually this is a form of pure marketing genius.

This effectively ensures a high user database as it will force people who otherwise would not care about this companies garbage product by appealing to their vanity and sense of self preservation, and drive people to sign up to defend their name and moderate what is being posted to their name.

Isnt technology such a wonderful thing to bring us all together like this?

I dunno.

Seems perfectly benign to me and I see no potential for this sort of totally not insidious thing to begin worming its way into other aspects of our lives.

What's the worst that could happen?

User Name: LostGryphon currently has a rating of 2/5 stars across five social media and gaming networks.
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LJ Ellis:
Not so fast.

According to co-creator Julia Cordray, Peeple plans to launch a paid subscription option called a "truth license" within the next month that will make all reviews and rating visible -- even the negative ones.

And then a month after that, "Not so fast." again as another pay level is rolled out that allows people to rehid crap. This app is going to make the developer bank, and all because a handful of people are going to sign up to throw garbage at each other.

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