An app set to debut in November will permit users to rate people they know and rank them as human beings.
Peeple, called a “Yelp for people” by Entertainment Weekly, will employ a one-to-five-star rating scale as users rate others’ qualifications. Co-founded by Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough, who insist that the app will not be used for bullying, the app is intended to foster “love and positivity,” Cordray told The Washington Post.
Eligible users must be at least 21. Once joining the app through Facebook using their real names, they will be permitted to review others using the app. If the subject for review does not use the app, a profile may be created with their cell phone number, even without their consent. They will only be notified via text that they are now listed on the app. Those not using the app who are profiled will only be subjected to positive reviews. Those using the app may be subject to negative reviews, but will be permitted 48 hours to dispute them before they are published.
Cordray told the Post, “People do so much research when they buy a car or make those kinds of decisions. Why not do the same kind of research on other aspects of your life?”
On a YouTube site titled Peeple Watching, the creators have shown the app’s progress. Cordray states in one recent episode, “It doesn’t matter how far apart we are in likes and dislikes; all that matters is what people say about us.”
The Facebook site for the app claims, “We are a positivity app for positive people!”