Spock backlash

Spock, the newly launched people search engine, has long been courting controversy. Because the site creates profiles for people without their knowledge it...

Spock, the newly launched people search engine, has long been courting controversy. Because the site creates profiles for people without their knowledge it has been dubbed with monikers like spook.

While the company’s CEO Jaideep Singh says Spock profiles are based on information already available on the Web, the site’s “tagging” feature is highly subjective – and faulty. According to Wired, Spock mistakenly tagged several users with slanderous tags -- including “pedophile” -- because, well, data crawling isn’t a perfect science.

Could lawsuits be in the works? Not if Singh can help it. According to the article, he’s got a plan:
Over the next few weeks, Singh says Spock will roll out an internal reputation system that identifies users whose tags and photos are consistently voted down; as their reputation declines, they will lose the ability to add new content. Spock users can also flag abusive users and report them to customer service. Singh believes a combination of automated tools, customer support and community policing will keep Spock relatively clean.


Since when did Web 2.0 get so labor intensive?

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