anewdomain.net –Facebook announced its zero-tolerance policy on hate speech against women this week. What better time for Six4Three to launch its new Pikinis for iOS app?
Pikinis for iOS takes the hassle out of stalking, gawking and generally being creepy. Rather than going all the way to a beach, you just search for photos of bikini-clad Facebook girls and boys from the comfort of your own home.
Here are a few screenshots of all the wonderful things Pikinis has to offer:
Image credit: Six4Three
I tried to speak with a rep directly, but instead Ted Kramer, managing director of the firm, directed me to a press packet.
As for all you strident, shrill and otherwise opinionated feminists out there — calm yourselves. Pikinis is an equal-opportunity platform for privacy invasion. According to the packet:
Pikinis is for everyone. Men and women (all are able) to enjoy Pikinis. Pikinis is a great place for anyone who wants to follow and enjoy their friends’ summer photos.”
See? It’s not just for bros and boys clubs. Girls are allowed, too. Especially if you’re a girl who likes random strangers checking out your bikini shots.
My advice: If you do plan to document an upcoming trip to the shore on Facebook, review your privacy settings first. Note that, according to reps, “Pikinis mirrors your Facebook privacy settings. Whatever your friends can see on Facebook, they can see on Pikinis. Whatever you cannot see on Facebook, you also cannot see on Pikinis.”
But the app also allows you to search for swimsuit pics of people outside your approved list of Facebook friends, which means that if an image is public, it’s fair game for Pikinis for iOS app users.
The sad thing is that Six4Three has some really interesting computer vision tech software at its disposal. Software that could potentially be used to protect women — or even find predators.
Here’s an inspiring excerpt from the packet:
Six4Three believes the field of computer vision has the potential to offer numerous disruptive capabilities to the consumer and enterprise software industries that have not been explored systematically to date. In short, computer vision holds immense promise for improving our interactions over the web and on our phones. The team here at Six4Three is at the forefront of exploring that promise.”
If this is the forefront of computer vision technology, I shudder to think what’s in store for us in years to come. The press packet makes no mention of the minimum age requirement for inclusion in the app.
Pikinis’ developers should seriously consider implementing something in that vein or risk being faced with angry parents of young teens. Or worse — a lawsuit.
For aNewDomain.net commentary, I’m Madison Andrews.