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New app allows women to rate men

SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It's a social networking site you've probably never even heard of but chances are, you're a part of it.

The app, called Lu Lu, allows women to rate the men in their lives. If you have a Facebook profile, you also have a Lu Lu profile.

Imagine if everything about you, including your love life, was reduced to a few hashtags.

The smartphone app, called LuLu, does just that by allowing women to anonymously rate their male Facebook friends. That's right, if you're a guy on Facebook, there is a good chance you have a profile on LuLu and you probably have no idea. And the gals are commenting on everything from how clean you keep your bedroom to how well you perform in it.

TV5 showed these guys ratings and hashtags used to describe men, some categorize a guy's best traits and others, not so good.

But because it's anonymous, guys fear the app could be used as a tool to lie and possibly ruin someone's reputation. After all, there's no way to know who's truly rating you and if there's any merit to the rating.

The female only app was first released last year in Brazil. At one point, it was the most downloaded app in the South American county and even more popular than Facebook.

Some women love LuLu. It is helping them learn things not appropriate to ask up front.

But for every woman who feels that LuLu is a good way to separate the good men from the bad, there are women who fiercely oppose it.

The app has stirred up controversy in other countries too. Just this month, a Brazilian law student sued the app maker after learning about his less than favorable rating. The legal action eventually resulted in a ban of the app in that country.

Is the secret social network walking a legal tightrope here in the U.S? It is, but the app places the onus on the user.

Michael Jaafar specializes in invasion of privacy law. The Detroit area attorney says a guy can sue the users of the app.

But suing would be next to impossible, considering how hard it would be to identify those anonymous users. In the end, he says as always, if you're on a social media site you're giving up your privacy.

"The bottom line is that you give up your right to privacy. It doesn't exist in social media, don't kid yourself," says Jaafar.

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