An app nicknamed “Yelp for conservatives” recently launched to help users locate restaurants and other public businesses where patrons can confidently wear Make America Great Again hats and bear firearms without the risk of harassment.
The app, 63red Safe, was created in response to an alleged uptick in discrimination against white Americans, as evidenced, in part, by the responses of 75 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Independents who took part in a recent poll by Hill-HarrisX. Conservatives feel specifically that their right to wear MAGA gear has been targeted, according to The Hill.
“We feel like there’s a general unease among conservatives out there about whether they’ll be protected and safe if they go out to restaurants and local businesses,” said Scott Wallace, the founder of 63red Safe during an appearance on Fox and Friends.
He said his app relies on user-generated reviews based on four criteria to identify “safe” businesses. The four questions that 63red Safe reviewers are asked include, “Does this location serve all customers regardless of political beliefs? Will they protect their customers if they’re under attack by others in the restaurant?,” as well as a concealed carry question, and a question about whether the location has a political presence on their social media accounts, according to Wallace.
“We wanted to make sure that people could let others know what restaurants may have a political bend,” Wallace said of his app. “And we’re not looking to try to find restaurants that are conservative or pro-Trump. Our aim is to get politics out of local businesses, local restaurants and make everyone feel comfortable when they go out.”
Opinions are split about 63red Safe on social media. Some conservatives appreciate the service…
I think this is a great idea! Eating out has become dangerous due to belief and political agenda. A number of people in Congress have even put out #CallToAction speeches approving such behavior. It's not okay! It's dangerous and deeply concerning.
— Wendy Spickerman (@wspickerman) March 12, 2019
This is great idea and also puts like minded people together to enjoy a meal. 63red Safe. @RealDonaldTrump @POTUS #BLEXIT #PatriotsFight #MAGA #KAG #WWG1WGA #GITMO #Walkaway #RedOctober #RedPill #Democrats #Republicans #MAGA63REDSAFE
— SKY Telecom (@SKYTelecomWy) March 10, 2019
Some people are skeptical.
So I looked at the 63red Safe app from Apple. Every review was about how useful it was to know which businesses to avoid (because they cater to MAGAS). I’m not sure this is a viable product or business plan. Has the Trump Kiss of Death all over it.
— Kim (@KimJamul) March 11, 2019
Dear good gods. After all the derision. All the mockery. After all the self-aggrandising contempt for the concept of 'safe spaces'. 🙄
— Kate Coldwind ⚧🏳️🌈 (@KaldrKate) March 12, 2019
But it’s mostly liberals who are speaking up about another potential use for the app.
63red safe is the new site for conservatives so they can go to a place and feel safe being a trump toady. Everyone should download this app so the rest of us know where to NOT go.
— Shaun Morrison (@1ShaunF) March 11, 2019
— Sam Vimes (@SamVimes6) March 11, 2019
— Phil Good (@thisisponytoast) March 12, 2019
For now, 63red Safe does not poll the owners or employees of restaurants and other businesses reviewed on its site, which can be marked “safe” or “unsafe.” Wallace told Fox and Friends, “We want businesses to understand that there’s no money in politics, and we’re working to call them out on it. People just want to go out and eat. They want to go out and shop. Let’s not mix the two.”
Wallace said his company is in the process of “building a suite of conservative tools,” and that 63red Safe is its third app to date, allowing users to type in search terms like “pizza” or “sushi” to find politically neutral eateries and other businesses in their area using GPS technology. “We want to make sure everyone’s safe out there,” Wallace said.
But the company is already dealing with a situation that might not make users feel very safe at all. According to Ars Technica, user data is vulnerable on the app. “Someone could retrieve the user name, email, ban status, and other details on each user account,” the site said. “Passwords were not in this data, but the entire user database could be retrieved by iterating through all the possible first letters or digits of an account ID.”
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