Is Obliviate an ‘abuser’s charter’?
I read out your recommendation for the free app Obliviate (Issue 523, page 44) to my husband, who was in IT for 30 years. I’d been thinking how useful the app could be, but he saw it in a quite different light, as an “abuser’s charter”. It could indeed be used to bully and frighten people, while leaving no evidence behind. What do you think? Susan Platter
CA says We can see where’s Susan’s husband is coming from, but you can’t use Obliviate to send messages to anyone. Both sender and receiver need to have the app installed, and be on each other’s contact list. This prevents people abusing it to send anonymous messages. Like the similar Snapchat, used by over 170 million (mostly young) people every day, it’s a useful way to send a sensitive message that needs to be seen by just one person for a short period of time.