An app that allows users to rate people like they would rate a restaurant is scheduled for a November release, but it already has the internet up in arms.
Calgary-developed Peeple will allow users to rate other humans on a scale of one to five stars, much like a Yelp review.
All you need to create a profile for someone is their cellphone number. The subject of the profile cannot delete the comments or the rating, according to an article in the Washington Post.
"You're going to rate people in the three categories that you can possibly know somebody — professionally, personally or romantically," Peeple CEO and co-founder Julia Cordray told CBC Calgary in September. "So you'd be able to go on and choose your five-star rating, write a comment and you will not be anonymous."
Negative comments will sit unpublished in the person's inbox for 48 hours, giving them the opportunity to work out any disputes with the person who posted them, according to Peeple's website. If the dispute can't be resolved in that time, the comment will go live. The person can publicly defend themselves by commenting on the negative review.
According to the site, users must "agree" that they are 21 or over.
Cordray believes the app will help people make better decisions about who they interact with.
"You should have the right to know who somebody is before you invite them into your home, around your children. They become your neighbours, they teach your kids, you go on dates with them," said Corday.
It seems so far that few people on Twitter share her enthusiasm.
Many see potential for online bullying.
Human beings are living breathing people. Hasn't there been enough quantifying and objectifying of human life, #peeple?— @TheTalena
I have a feeling this has the potential to start wars. Who thought this would be a good idea? #Peeple— @priscilagoodall
My god. The concept behind #Peeple has got to be the worst thing on the internet— @soulamami
Peeple: For people who graduated high school but miss the sense of superiority being judgmental and catty provided.— @Desert_Bell
Model and TV host Chrissy Teigen called it 'horrible' and 'scary.'
Some are amazed it was proposed in the first place.
Can anyone give me the number for the investors in the #Peeple app? If they couldn't see the backlash coming, they'll invest in ANYTHING!— @FuriousDShow
There's a glaring naivete among #peeple founders on how the Internet works. Which is shocking, since they're supposed to be crackerjacks.— @Lib_Librarian
Others think it's hilarious.
One-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple, people grader. #Peeple— @PoG_Chris
No one shall dare cross me again, lest they feel the stinging wrath of my passive-aggressive #Peeple review!— @coolderik
Some think it might be a hoax.
If #Peeple is not an extremely elaborate hoax, the first person I'm 'rating' is the nutcase that created it.— @SmokersDrinkers
And it's got some wondering if it's even legal.
Peeple works via people sharing mobile number of a third party with a business without consent. Illegal under data protection? @ICOnews— @jarowdowsky
Peeple is responding to some of the criticism.
But it doesn't seem to be doing much good.
Dear #Peeple: We're not scared because we don't understand you and what you're trying to do, we're scared because we DO.— @mightybattlecat
It's rare that the internet presents a united front against something, but it appears that Peeple app has pulled it off.— @BigMaki