Among the thousands of applications available for Android and iPhone (iOS), there are some that generate controversy due to their proposal or mode of operation. These programs are often banned by the Google Play Store and the App Store. After negative repercussions, it is also common for developers to remove software from stores themselves. Certain apps, however, remain available for download even though they have caused controversy, such as Sarahah and FaceApp. In the following lines, the TechTudo has prepared a list with some examples of platforms that have given the talk and are still in the air.
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Down app for sexual encounters with Facebook friends Photo: Divulgao / Down
The Down relationship app (formerly Bang With Friends) sparked controversy by allowing the user to indicate which Facebook friends they would like to have sex with. The simple app works: just plug it in social network and it will show a list with all contacts, divided between men and women. Then just tick "Down" on contacts you would like to have a strictly sexual relationship with.
In 2013, the app took the focus off sex, expanded its functions and incorporated the "Date" tag to signal the people with whom the user is interested in having a romantic date. Although controversial, Down is discreet: tagged people will only know this if the interest is reciprocal, and nothing posted on the Facebook wall. The app is available for iPhone (iOS).
Lei Seca RJ has the collaboration of drivers to indicate checkpoints in the carioca capital Photo: Divulgao / Lei Seca RJ
Lei Seca RJ is a free and independent application that maps, in real time, almost every blitz in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Available for iPhone (iOS) and Android phones, the app is based on the @LeiSecaRJ profile, which has over 1.7 million Twitter followers, and has the collaboration of drivers to share the location of checkpoints. As a result, drivers who drank before driving can avoid cops. The app controversy is that it helps violators escape the fines. Nevertheless, Lei Seca RJ remains in the official Apple and Google stores.
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The anonymous messaging app Sarahah was launched in 2017 and soon became fever in the United States, surpassing giants like YouTube and Instagram in number of installs. Although the purpose of the platform was to help people identify aspects that could improve their interpersonal relationships through criticism and constructive feedback, Sarahah was eventually used for the practice of cyberbullying. Protected by anonymity and lack of responsiveness on the platform, malicious users took advantage of the messenger to propagate aggressive messages and hate speech. In 2018, the app was pulled from the App Store, but is still available for download from the Google Play Store.
FaceApp offers filters that simulate what a person's face would look like in youth and old age. Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo
After becoming a fever on the Internet in 2017, the FaceApp app was again successful in achieving a convincing result by showing what the user would look like in old age. In July, the editing tool, which also has filters to make your face look younger and "change genders," topped the App Store and Google Play Store most downloaded list.
Another sensitive issue regarding the platform is its history of accusations of racism. When it was released, FaceApp had a "beautification" filter that lightened the skin tone of users, causing unusual results in black people.
FalaFreud caused controversy at the Federal Council of Psychology Photo: Divulgao / FalaFreud
The purpose of the FalaFreud app is to offer online psychological counseling at an affordable price. Lasting 45 minutes, the first in-app therapy session costs $ 29.99, well below the $ 118.18 set by the Federal Council of Psychology as the average price of the category.
Although well-regarded by users, FalaFreud has caused controversy among Council members and the Brazilian academic community. After the episode, the app adopted the term "therapists" instead of "psychologists" to refer to professionals, but ensures that they all go through a judicious selection process. FalaFreud is available for iPhone (iOS) and Android phones.