This really happened. There is an app coming called “Ghetto Tracker” that helps people avoid unsafe neighborhoods.
If this helps you feel any better, the company has received such backlash, they changed the name of the app from “Ghetto Tracker” to “Good Part of Town.” Critics are still slamming the app for being a “racist classist app for helping the rich avoid the poor.”
The app functions by allowing locals to rate the safety of different parts of a given area. According to The Week, the original launch of the page featured a white family of four smiling alongside the app’s promise to show users “which parts of town are safe and which ones are ghetto, or unsafe.”
In addition to the name change, all mention of the word “ghetto” has been removed from the site. The site now features an ethnically diverse family on its homepage.