Do you know who’s in your BLINDSPOT?

Thursday, February 11, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Parents beware.

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BLINDSPOT is a new app, developed in Israel, that allows users to send anonymous messages and photos to their contacts.  Yes. Really.  The person receiving the message will never be able to trace or see who the sender was unless the sender decide to reveal his/her identity- so they say.

But let’s be real.  In their terms, it explicitly states that you must be willing to give Blindspot access to your mobile phone number (“..so that BLINDSPOT may periodically access your contact list and/or address book on your mobile device to find and keep track of mobile phone numbers of other users of the Service”)- wait, what?!

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You can see where I’m going with this.

Kids + ‘supposed’ anonymity + immaturity in judgement = a recipe for disaster in the form of cyberbullying.  The app seems to encourage that type of behavior.  Pardon my sarcasm, but I can’t buy into the supposed naivety of BLINDSPOT’s makers claiming BLINDSPOT was designed as a platform to be open and honest, providing a safe environment for people to chat freely without worrying about being judged.  A platform to JUDGE and to bait anonymous cruelty to people is precisely what BLINDSPOT seems to be- the perfect playground for people who are too cowardly to be honest in person, but feed their low self esteem behind the keyboard!

I get that bullying existed before BLINDSPOT.  But, when technology is designed to bait cruel behavior, I can’t help but wonder about the real intentions behind the creation of it.  What good could legitimately come from an app where you are encouraged to tell someone what you really think of them anonymously?  And, even if I was to give BLINDSPOT any benefit of the doubt and go with the idea that it is possibly designed to be a fun way to communicate with friends, why would you ever want to “anonymously” communicate with a friend?  After all, isn’t the idea of a “friend” someone you can and should be honest and open with?  Someone you are truthful with instead of someone to deceive?

And, let’s not even go there on what a great platform this is for predators- there isn’t enough space in WordPress to talk about that risk and reality.

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Or not.  Ok, I can’t let go of the sarcasm yet.  I’m blown away by the celeb backers of this platform:  Nicki Minaj, Will.I.Am, David Guetta, Roman Abramovich, etc.  #nowiknow

OK, hopping off the soapbox now.  Parents, I just want you to be aware of this app- what it looks like and what it is designed for.  They are gearing up for a significant PR campaign here in the US, so please be aware.

 

 

 

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