Popular app rates a person's ugly factor, bullying experts concerned
Ugly Meter works by taking a picture of your face, and then scanning it for certain facial features. A green bar glides across the face, drawing polymetric shapes surrounding a person’s facial structure.
The app then produces a score out of ten on the “Ugly Meter.” And with this app, you’ll want to score like you do with golf: the lower the score, the better.
How about 2/10? “You’re so hot that you make the sun jealous,” was the message the Daily Mail received after testing the app out on a picture of Angelina Jolie.
The app has been around since November 2010, but a mention of the pro version on the Howard Stern radio show surged this app up the charts.
Within one day of the shock jock’s mention, sales earned the Arizona-based developer about $80,000. Since then, that number has climbed to a half million dollars.
But it’s not entirely as accurate as you imagine. The app handed Brad Pitt a dismal 8/10 on the ugly meter.
While the app appears to have been created in good fun, one expert has raised a red flag.
Cyber security author Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe said the app “could have crushing blows on kids with low self-esteem.”
Is this Ugly Meter app taking things too far? Or is it just good fun?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets