Many people would argue that the tech industry isn’t exactly known for its moral fiber. We’re constantly getting examples of some boneheaded guy who’s never been poor writing a letter to city of San Francisco begging it to do “something” about the homeless people he doesn’t want to look at. Some of those dudes just hope to make a quick, controversial buck by making some sort of upsetting app that will get some car crash views before getting banned form the app store. Other apps, however, are much more insidious — they seem to be designed for those of us who are literally incapable of feeling empathy. It is a mystery to any fair and decent human being as to why these apps ever got off the ground. BEWARE, YE’ WHO READ AHEAD!
Rentberry is a service that lets potential renters bid on rental properties, thus driving the rent up, but also saddling the landlord with whatever maniac makes the highest bid. Not only that, but on top of your now higher rent, you also have to pay a percentage of it to Rentberry itself, every month, I guess in return for the “service” of having your rent be way too high. Also, it’s free for the landlords to use, so why wouldn’t those guys collude to make your unbearably expensive life even more expensive?
Thankfully, this app has died, due to the fact that it was providing a “service” that was illegal. Haystack was an app in which you could sell the parking space you were currently in to the first person who was willing to pay for it. This would be perfect for people who enjoy squatting in incredibly difficult to get parking spots, then just waiting for someone to finally get so mad that they’re willing to pay a ridiculous fee just so they can finally park their car. The problem here, though, is that it’s illegal to sell public property. It’s contrary to the whole “public property” thing.
Have you noticed how everyone who uses Yelp is an entitled monster who should probably be blasted into space so they can no longer ruin our lives? Well, Peeple is like Yelp, except it’s for HUMAN BEINGS. That’s right, finally, a proper place to go and slander a stranger in a way you previously would’ve had to do on the wall of a public toilet.
This game, marketed for “all ages”, was about giving a fat character plastic surgery so they can be “beautiful”. Guys, it is 2016. I feel like by now we’re supposed to be in general agreement as to how harmful this kind of stuff is to kids?
Welcome to Creeptown, population: this app. Using visual recognition software, Badabing could be used to go through friends and acquaintances Facebook profiles, looking for bikini/underwear/otherwise “sexy” photos, that you could then save on the app and share with friends. Look, if you want to be a creep/horny online, you still need to have the resolve and willpower to do it the old fashioned way — by going through those Facebook pictures yourself. Also, I think the app was named after the strip club that Tony Soprano owns/owned (depending on which interpretation of the ending you believe), which isn’t exactly a good way to make your app seem anything other than evil.
Yik Yak wasn’t originally created to be used by sociopaths, but that’s who’s since embraced it. A message board/messaging app, Yik Yak really focuses on being local by showing you messages within a certain distance. The problem is that, because it’s anonymous, people will post horrible things about other people there. It’s really become one of the primary tools in online bullying, to the point that many schools have either banned the app — or even phone use all together — to prevent students from using it.
If you are haunted by any developments in the tech industry, feel free to tell us about it. I am very empathetic.