November 1, 2018
Can one app start a civil war?
So, they just released this app which tells liberals which of their friends are actually secretly Republicans.
Given the never-ending political hellscape we currently find ourselves in, you think that most of us would be content (if not outright seeking) to simply board up the windows, cling to those we hold dear, and wait for that glorious cleansing light to come. Unfortunately, to quote the President, you’d be WRONG.
That’s because Vote With Me, a new app that I can only assume was designed by the most misanthropic sociopaths in Silicon Valley, is here to destroy the few friendships you have left.
It literally goes over your contact list and puts a big red “R” next to registered Republicans. Or a blue “D” for the Democrats – not that anyone cares.
America is basically in the middle of a “cold” civil war, even though the antifa and liberals are hellbent on getting hostilities started as soon as possible.
The main reason why things haven’t flared up too badly is that most conservatives know better than to openly express their affiliation in the current climate, keeping their cards close to their chest.
Well, with this app, that’s no longer an option for anyone who’s registered with the Republican Party. And since in many states being a registered party member is necessary in order to vote in primary elections, there’s a lot of people who are going to be affected.
Not unlike Voice Roulette, Vote With Me is a new service that bills itself as one thing, when the reality of its application is a much more insidious. Described on its “about me page” as a mobile app that “uses your personal network to help you get out the vote,” what Vote With Me actually does is link the names and phone numbers in your phone’s contact list with state voter polls.
So in essence, it’s an app that turns your contacts into your ex-contacts.
Let the chaos begin.
How is Vote With Me even legal?
As Buzzfeed News explains:Voter rolls are technically a matter of public record, but it’s not easy to look up your friends’ information. There simply isn’t a single free website where you can enter a name and get a voter record. There’s voterrecords.com, but it only covers 14 states plus D.C. On certain official state websites, you can look up registrations, but only if you know extra information like a person’s actual full name and, say, their zip code or birth date.
And all of these just say if you’re registered or not, not which years you voted. (Who you voted for is, of course, always secret and not part of any of this information.)
Also, in a Medium post from the team behind Vote With Me, New Data Project outlines how it works. Basically, these campaigns hold records for decades and New Data Project believes that the data should be available for regular people, not just those on a political payroll.
The app takes information which was technically public, but nearly impossible to get for normal people, and it makes it available at the touch of a button.
I don’t know what these mad men had in mind, but there’s little doubt that is going to cause some serious conflict – not to mention it gives antifa terrorists an easy tool to ferret out closet Republicans to target them for retaliation.
On the flipside, liberals suddenly realizing that half the people they know are actually secretly Republicans might induce them to kill themselves in despair, which is always a plus.