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Eavesdropping App Lets Friends and Strangers Listen to Your Conversations

Totally not weird at all.

Like this, only 2014. (Photo: wordpress.com)

Like this, only 2014. (Photo: wordpress.com)

If you’ve ever engaged in an epic shit-talking session and worried that somehow it was being taped, there’s a new app in town to legitimize your paranoia.

Called Crowdpilot, it enables you to select Facebook friends to listen in on a conversation, Forbes says. Alternately, you can pay a dollar for a crowd of strangers to listen and give you feedback on your interpersonal interaction skills in real time, if you really want to feel bad about yourself. Or you can leave the conversation open on Crowdpilot’s website if you really don’t give a toss about privacy.

Software developer Lauren McCarthy calls it “crowdsourc[ing] your conversations by inviting a group of people to listen in and give you suggestions in real time,” Forbes reports.

We call it eavesdropping. And is it even legal? Presumably, the app should be used in accordance with laws governing surreptitious recordings on a state-by-state basis, but we all know how that goes (*cough* Airbnb *cough*).

Who is actually going to use this? Probably teens and tweens searching for ever more ways to torture each other. The four-way phone call sequence in Mean Girls comes to mind.

Of course, there are some non-creepy use cases. The app could be used in a kind of Cyrano de Bergerac scenario, with friends listening in on your date and giving you a real-time pep talk. Or, it could be used to broadcast a marriage proposal so that friends and family can listen in?

Okay, those are creepy, too. We give up.

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