What Is Whisper? The App That Claims Gwyneth Paltrow Is A Cheater
Rumours are swirling that Gwyneth Paltrow, the Goop editor-in-chief, is having an affair on her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. The "other lover" is supposedly entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn.
And while fans and foes of the blond-haired actress debate whether the accusations are true, we here at iVIllage Canada have another question: What is Whisper? (The app that was used to out her alleged cheating ways.)
— Whisper (@WhisperApp) February 18, 2014
Read the Tweeting profile in question and you'll see a bio that reads, "Where the truth lives." Uh, great. So what on earth is this thing?
Whisper is, as Tech Crunch points out, a social sharing startup that encourages people to share secrets anonymously online; a similar app, Secret, is also available for download. As Forbes points out, these apps are a lot like SnapChat, Facebook and Twitter, but they promise a person's identity will never be revealed; they "[remove] all social barriers to the truth, liberating those posting."
Which brings us back to the Gwyneth cheating allegations. If the "intel" Whisper received is true, we're gonna bet Paltrow, with all of her power (remember, even Vanity Fair stopped writing an article on her), will be able to find out who claimed she's having an affair. From there, she'll be able to legitimiately expose the meme creator as a friend or foe.
Then again, as Business Insider points out, these allegations and the buzz around Whisper (and even Secret) may die out -- largely because these anonymous apps hold no one accountable for what they share. Can what is posted really be believed? Their headline about the story: “A Post On Anonymous App Whisper Claims Gwyneth Paltrow Is Cheating On Her Husband, And None Of Its Users Care.”