Controversial App Rates Neighborhood "Sketchiness"

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A helpful tool or a breeding ground for profiling? Using a color-coded system, app SketchFactor lets users rate neighborhoods and write Yelp-like reviews regarding their sketchiness. Much negative press has been written, calling it, among other things, a way to "help the privileged avoid the poor." SketchFactor has responded, saying they're for everyone, with reporting mechanisms for harassment, low lighting, desolate areas, weird stuff, you name it."

What People Are Saying About Boston on the ‘SketchFactor’ App | Boston Magazine

(Image credits: SketchFactor)

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