Previously, the Citizen app used to be known as Vigilante, a title that prompted Apple to ban it from the App Store and begin rebranding. That’s why in 2017 it was also launched as an app built to warn people about impending emergencies and document events in the name of transparency.
A report by Motherboard revealed that it did not remain just transparency, as documents released and saw Los Angeles security vehicles reflected in Citizen’s plans to offer a unique on-demand service to the private security forces. The Protect company’s $ 20 per month service already promises “live monitoring” and a “digital bodyguard” that can be called in a safe word to direct emergency services to your location.
Agreed by an employee previously quoted by Motherboard, the next step is to “create a privatized second emergency response network” that directly connects users to private security firms. A spokesman cited the security vehicles as part of a “personal quick response service” it was testing as a pilot project.
As if a look at your local Nextdoor posts doesn’t identify potential problems with that setup, just last Saturday the Citizen app targets a homeless by posted his photo during a live broadcast, painted him as an arsonist suspected of causing the fires and promised a $ 30,000 reward for the information that led to his arrest. Police announced Monday that they had arrested others for the alleged arson.
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