Ugly Meter iPhone App Raises Cyber Bullying Concerns

October 20, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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The Ugly Meter is supposed to be an iPhone app that allows users to joke around with their friends and it is intended to allow¬† “kids to be kids.”

Unfortunately when it comes to the internet and smartphones these days, “kids being kids” has led to an increasing number of suicides and hate crimes among youth.

The ‘Ugly Meter‘ is supposed to offer iPhone users a new way to joke around with their friends, but many are worried that the new app could provide today’s cyber bullies with yet another way to harass their victims. Via Switched

The Ugly Meter iPhone app, which is available for $0.99 on the iTunes Store, uses facial recognition technology to analyze a person’s anatomical symmetry. Once a user submits a photo of someone’s face, the app will automatically rate his or her ugliness on the Ugly Meter’s scale of 1 to 10 (a ranking of 1, in this case, means you’re “not ugly”). Once the app determines a ranking, it’ll also generate a one-liner about your appearance. People who score a 10, for example, will receive a message that reads, “You’re so ugly, when you walk by the bathroom, the toilet flushes.”

This sounds like just good clean fun, right?


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