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Peeple founder says it’ll be ‘a positivity app’ following backlash

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The co-founder of the controversial people-rating tool Peeple has promised her creation will be the ‘world’s largest positivity app.’

Julia Cordray received an almighty backlash after reports claiming her ‘Yelp for People’ app could be used to give star ratings to people without their permission.

After shutting down its social media accounts following a tirade of ‘abuse’ and even death threats, Cordray has painted herself as a crusader for kindness and says the app will be 100 per cent positive.

In a change of tack, she said Peeple will require users to opt-in and will only allow positive comments. She says users will have to approve recommendations before they’re posted, while unapproved posts will not be visible.

“I have surrounded myself with positive people for 34 years and I don’t plan on changing it now,” she wrote on LinkedIn.

That’s why Peeple is focused on the positive and ONLY THE POSITIVE as a 100% OPT-IN system. You will NOT be on our platform without your explicit permission. There is no 48 hour waiting period to remove negative comments. There is no way to even make negative comments. Simply stated, if you don’t explicitly say “approve recommendation”, it will not be visible on our platform.

“I want the world to be positive and this is how I’m going to inspire it by creating the world’s largest positivity app.”

It’s ironic that Cordray chose to deliver her tweaked message through LinkedIn because, effectively that's now what she is attempting to create, only on a personal not professional level.

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Are you willing to give the app a chance when it launches in November? Share your thoughts below.

Biggles

October 5, 2015, 8:53 pm

"Change of tact"? Still not much tact but I assume it actually refers to the common phrase 'Change of tack'.

Will Prosper

October 7, 2015, 3:59 pm

This is a simply horribly and terrifying idea. If anyone is interested in what being able to post permanent, un-deletable reviews about other people ends up as, go to The Dirty dot com where you can post positive or negative things about anyone. 99.99999% is negative and NONE of it is factually checked by anyone. The owner isn't as public about it as this idiot was. She put her face everywhere. Nonetheless, after many lawsuits, careers, marriages, relationships, and futures ruined by the often false "reviews" on this site, it is still up and going strong. Right to Free Speech at its worst.
Anyone that knows anyone, or is anyone with a criminal record knows how the internet has incrementally destroyed their lives, relationships, and future relationships before they even have the chance to start it.
Noone is perfect, yet the fact is that the majority still loves to pretend that they are. Keeping up the Jones' in the age of the internet is an ugly and unwinnable battle.
This woman was trying to capitalize on other peoples misery. She may have changed her tune after she experienced the effect she was creating. But she is still a loser hoping to permanently scar others for her own profit. I am SURE she is on the Dirty now.

Will Prosper

October 7, 2015, 4:13 pm

Here is the perfect solution: http://screamintothevoid.com

Will Prosper

October 7, 2015, 7:42 pm

This is a simply horribly and terrifying idea. If anyone is interested in what being able to post permanent, un-deletable reviews about other people ends up as, go to The Dirty dot com where you can post positive or negative things about anyone. 99.99999% is negative and NONE of it is factually checked by anyone. The owner isn't as public about it as this idiot was. She put her face everywhere. Nonetheless, after many lawsuits, careers, marriages, relationships, and futures ruined by the often false "reviews" on this site, it is still up and going strong. Right to Free Speech at its worst.

Anyone that knows anyone, or is anyone with a criminal record knows how the internet has incrementally destroyed their lives, relationships, and future relationships before they even have the chance to start it.
Noone is perfect, yet the fact is that the majority still loves to pretend that they are. Keeping up the Jones' in the age of the internet is an ugly and unwinnable battle.
This woman was trying to capitalize on other peoples misery. She may have changed her tune after she experienced the effect she was creating. But she is still a loser hoping to permanently scar others for her own profit. I am SURE she is on the Dirty now.

"Peeple will not be a tool to tell other humans how horrible they are," she wrote on LinkedIn. "Actually, it’s the exact opposite. Peeple is a POSITIVE ONLY APP. We want to bring positivity and kindness to the world."

Her own site tells a different story. Although forthepeeple.com has been changed, the Internet is forever, and the Wayback Machine has screenshots from Thursday of the FAQ section. https://web.archive.org/web.... It explicitly and repeatedly mentions making negative reviews. It says your Peeple profile will include a star rating that aggregates both the positive and negative reviews others have made. It says negative reviews will remain on the site for one year.

Under the section "Meet Peeple," it elaborates: "Negative comments don’t go live on the app for 48 hours; they simply go into the inbox of the person who got the negative review and then are given a chance to work it out with the person who wrote the review. If you can’t work it out with the person you can publicly defend yourself by commenting on the negative review."

Cordray herself said in a video about the making of the app -- since deleted, though subsequently reposted to YouTube -https://youtu.be/eZ9kGMuq_yc- that of course the app would include negativity. "You can't please everybody," she says in the video, starting around 1:54. "I think it's important to know the negative too. I wouldn't want this app to just be positive."

It is fantastic that you had the opportunity to experience the effect of what you were trying to create. I am sad to say that your app for positivity won't go very far. People want the drama. People want the negativity. Real or false, they want to talk about it. People have very boring lives generally. If this worked AT ALL, there would be at least ONE Positive news channel in main stream media. But there isn't. Bad news pays. Negative pays. You got caught. And I hope you share your experience with the world cause many people live in the aftermath of what people like you and the Dirty founder have created. Not to mention NUMEROUS other sites that aggregate ANY information about you on the internet into one database with YOUR name and then sell it as truth.

Here is the perfect solution: http://screamintothevoid.com

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