Nicki Minaj and Will.i.am backed the 'good' bullying app
Hip-hop artists Nicki Minaj and Will.i.am are underneath hearth for investing in an app, referred to as Blindspot, that is stated to encourage bullying. Launched final month for Android and iOS, the appliance lets customers ship nameless messages to anybody from their contacts listing. Whereas it is being in comparison with the now-defunct Secret social community, Blindspot solely focuses on personal chats between two individuals — just like providers resembling WhatsApp and Viber. Right here, nevertheless, the receiver by no means is aware of who a message is from, and that would simply develop into the right device for bullies, trolls and different individuals with hateful intentions.
Adam Shafir, a tech reporter in Israel, stated bullying instances via the app have already been reported because it was launched, in accordance with Every day Mail. There are additionally many critiques on Google Play and the App Retailer pointing to how somebody might use Blindspot for the flawed causes. “A attainable platform for hate, meanness and bullying,” notes a one-star touch upon the Android model of the app. “It is true that each one these are induced by individuals and never by a software program however why give bullies an additional software to make use of?”
And Blindspot needs to thrive on its incognito elements: “What would you say to individuals you realize when you have been nameless?” reads the outline on each Google Play and the App Retailer. What we additionally discovered fascinating is that an present consumer can ship a message to whoever they need, even when the recipient hasn’t joined the service. For instance, a colleague despatched me a notice anonymously, however since I hadn’t tried the app, I acquired a textual content prompting me to obtain Blindspot with a purpose to view it.
In its protection, Shellanoo, the corporate behind the app, says Blindspot is a protected platform permitted by Apple and Google, including that it has seven hundred,000 customers so far. “Maybe nameless messaging is one thing sure individuals or mother and father are involved about, nevertheless it’s an evolution of messaging know-how,” a spokesperson for the corporate advised Engadget. It is value nothing Nicki Minaj and Will.i.am aren’t the one personalitites invested in Blindspot both: The house owners of Shellanoo are Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich (Chelsea Soccer Membership) and Gee Roberson, who manages Drake, Kanye West in addition to Nicki Minaj.
“Blindspot is a platform, individuals can use it for love, comedy, romance or horror,” the spokesperson stated, earlier than drastically evaluating the app to a well-known furnishings retailer. “Individuals can purchase a knife from IKEA to make [a] salad or stab somebody, IKEA wouldn’t be responsible,” he says, “any rational individual wouldn’t blame the platform, or on this case Blindspot.”