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How Citizen Turns Crime-Tracking Into a Dangerous Form of Vigilantism

Billed as a safety app, Citizen looks to be taking that mission to the extremes. The company's push to capitalize on vigilante behavior can pose big risks, experts say. In one case, its Chief Executive personally funded a manhunt to find a Los Angeles arsonist, only to have identified the wrong person. And Citizen at one point explored forming a security force that it envisioned would have police powers. Take a closer look at this controversial app.

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    What is Citizen? The controversial app for safety alerts and crime tracking, explained

    What is Citizen? The controversial app for safety alerts and crime tracking, explained

    In 2016, the New York-based corporation sp0n, Inc. launched an app called Vigilante. The supposed purpose of the app, based on the marketing that sp0n released for it, was to allow ordinary people to report on local crimes in their area and broadcast live video from the scene — possibly deterring …

    How Citizen sparked a $30,000 manhunt for the wrong guy

    How Citizen sparked a $30,000 manhunt for the wrong guy

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    Citizen, the controversial crime-watching app, has apologized for an incident on Saturday, when it erroneously named (and posted an image of) an innocent man as an arson suspect and offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. It all happened live on a new feature called OnAir …

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