Women’s Aid response to the ‘Peeple’ app
Thursday 1st October 2015
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“Women’s Aid is concerned about the safety of the ‘Peeple’ app for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The app could provide a perpetrator with yet another avenue through which to abuse his victim. He could also galvanise others to abuse his victim through the app as ‘revenge’ – something that we sadly see time and time again at Women’s Aid.
“Furthermore, it points to a wider issue: there is a worrying failure to consider safety when new technology is being developed. Safety often seems to be an afterthought, rather than being a considered element of a new app’s development. There needs to be a fundamental shift in thinking about safety within tech companies.
“If ‘Peeple’ launches in the UK, we urge its creators to consider safety features for victims and survivors. For example, they could ensure that there are robust reporting and removal functions on it, so that women can protect themselves against abusive partners or ex-partners.”