App ‘Ghetto Tracker’ Sparks Criticism
It’s true when they say, “There’s an app for that”…
On Tuesday September 3, the app “Ghetto Tracker” hit app store virtual shelves and was designed to do exactly what its title implies, allowing users to locate and avoid areas deemed “ghetto” in any given city.
Or in laymen terms, allowed rich or scaredy-cat folks to steer clear of lower-class society neighbourhoods that may be harbouring “villains” or all around just bad people.
Fortunately, the app didn’t last long, even after the company changed the app name to “Good Part of Town” , the app disappeared just two days after its launch, amidst intense backlash and criticism of its racist nature.
The controversial app served to reinforce the widespread notion that low-income areas are places that completely lack anything positive and therefore should be shunned.
Not cool at all!