Peeple Goes Live, Despite Controversy

Peeple Goes Live, Despite Controversy
On Monday, the controversial app Peeple went live for iOS after what its co-founder described as a positive beta.

Last October, co-founders Nicole McCullough and Julia Cordray announced their in-development app Peeple and quickly the app was branded as a "Yelp for people" and a bully's paradise. "The developers of Peeple were threatened, their privacy was invaded, and they were castigated and shouted down on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook. They were overwhelmed by thousands of harassing emails, comments, and phone calls. All this before the Peeple app ever actually saw the light of day," said Cordray. Peeple listened, adding safeguards to protect users from cyberbullies or fake reviews. In beta, these changes seemed to have a positive influence and Cordray said users "have enjoyed spreading kindness and accolades while reading what people really think of them."

"We want our app to be a safe place to manage your own online reputation, while making better decisions about the people around you," said Cordray. On the new app, users can be rated in three categories (professional, personal, and dating) and these recommendations can be positive or negative. Users can publish these recommendations, share them through other social media channels, or delete them. Offensive recommendations can be reported and the offending user can be blocked. Peeple plans to release a premium "Truth License" feature that would unlock unpublished recommendations, but reported recommendations or posts that break the app's terms and conditions will not appear even with this premium feature. Peeple is currently available for iOS users and will launch for Android after the iOS launch.

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