Citizen, an app dedicated to blowing people up with notifications of emergencies and crime scenes in its area, has paid users to describe its content.
The company has recruited field workers online job postings, which offers applicants $ 200-250 a day if they can track and stream events in their area. These events can range from “missing children, fires to anything else,” the list states, employees are expected to interview witnesses and police officers.
According to the listing: “You have to be very fast with your feet, not only in terms of live streaming in moments that provide value to its users and support the app’s mission, but also the ability to find and include in-flight interviews to participate in streaming.”
Job postings first noticed New York Post, but reports of paid Citizen streams have been circulating for some time. Daily point reported in June that a man named Landon was often seen streaming from crime scenes in Los Angeles. Citizen confirmed to the release that Landon was a member of its hired field team.
As a company spokesman said Send: “Citizen has Teams in some cities where the app is available to demonstrate platform performance and model responsible delivery practices in situations where events are evolving in real time.”
The citizen also said Gizmodo that it has a total of 12 such “field team members”. It’s not clear where they’re located, but job postings only mention work in Los Angeles (10-hour shifts for $ 250 a day) and New York City (8-hour shifts for $ 200 a day).
Citizen, which was originally launched in 2016 as a Vigilante in the past kicked from the iOS App Store, describes itself as a “personal safety network.” It generates location-based alerts to users by scanning police communications and generating user reports. It tells users that “never approach a crime scene, intervene in an incident or get in the way of the police”.
The company has been repeatedly criticized for promoting crowd justice. In May of this year, Citizen’s own CEO approved a $ 30,000 reward offer to users if they were able to find a man accused of a firefight. The man’s name and picture were shared in the app’s official livestream, and the hosts encouraged viewers to “go there and bring this guy to justice” and “hunt this guy down”. But the police wrongly accused the person and later found him said The citizen’s action had been potentially “catastrophic.”
The company seems to be more determined than a passive bystander or source of information. As first reported Motherboard in May, Citizen has tested its own private security forces Citizen-marked patrol cars who would respond to user requests.