r/technology – Leaked Emails Show Crime App Citizen Is Testing On-Demand Security Force


Oh good, another place where the Karens and nosy neighbors can SWAT people, only this time with private security forces. What could possibly go wrong?

After seeing what goes on in Nextdoor and Citizen app, where everyone they see is a terrorist casing the neighborhood, this is a horrible, horrible idea.

Prepare for lots of false identification fiascos like this:

As wildfires raged through Southern California last weekend, an app called Citizen offered an unorthodox bounty over livestream and in push alerts to local residents: “hunt down” the alleged arsonist, and we’ll give you $30,000 cash.

In the hours that followed, it became clear the app was mistaken. The man pictured had no connection to the fires, and once he was located by law enforcement, he was quickly released for lack of evidence.

“We are actively working to improve our internal processes to ensure this does not occur again,” the company said in a statement after the release. “This was a mistake we are taking very seriously.”

If it starts this bad, imagine how bad it will get.

Uninstall Nextdoor and Citizen apps, they are bad for your quality of life, at minimum knowing how nosy and judgmental those around you are. In a away, just like Facebook properties, they are really surveillance networks masquerading as tools to help you. They aren’t helping anyone, they are making things worse.


Oh good, another place where the Karens and nosy neighbors can SWAT people, only this time with private security forces. What could possibly go wrong?

After seeing what goes on in Nextdoor and Citizen app, where everyone they see is a terrorist casing the neighborhood, this is a horrible, horrible idea.

Prepare for lots of false identification fiascos like this:

As wildfires raged through Southern California last weekend, an app called Citizen offered an unorthodox bounty over livestream and in push alerts to local residents: “hunt down” the alleged arsonist, and we’ll give you $30,000 cash.

In the hours that followed, it became clear the app was mistaken. The man pictured had no connection to the fires, and once he was located by law enforcement, he was quickly released for lack of evidence.

“We are actively working to improve our internal processes to ensure this does not occur again,” the company said in a statement after the release. “This was a mistake we are taking very seriously.”

If it starts this bad, imagine how bad it will get.

Uninstall Nextdoor and Citizen apps, they are bad for your quality of life, at minimum knowing how nosy and judgmental those around you are. In a away, just like Facebook properties, they are really surveillance networks masquerading as tools to help you. They aren’t helping anyone, they are making things worse.

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