One app has an interesting business proposition for photographers that like to film crime scenes, among other things.
Billing itself as everything from a community safety app to a COVID-19 contact tracing method, Citizen is building off of another concept that fizzled out at launch for a variety of reasons.
Originally released under the name Vigilante, it was removed from Apple’s app store for fairly obvious reasons, PetaPixel reports.
But it’s back and with much the same proposition though finely coated in the language of a COVID-19 world and targeted at a security-driven consumer cohort.
From the app’s download page:
“Citizen notifications have urged people to evacuate burning buildings, deterred school buses from nearby terrorist attacks and have even led to a rescue of a 1-year-old from a stolen car. Citizen may notify you of a crime in progress before the police have responded. It's meant to protect you and your community — please use it responsibly.”
Right. Among some of the listed features on the app include access to a “Protect agent” that can “discreetly help, silently monitor your live location and audio, alert other users, call 911, monitor heart rate through your Apple watch and more.”
You can also see where your friends are on the “safety map.” Don’t worry, you can use “ghost mode” to go invisible at any time…
There are also safety alerts, a health monitoring feature, and the aforementioned live streaming and video of crimes and incidents near you.
The app has some pretty deep-pocketed backers, too. The New York Post reports that the company listed openings on Journalism Jobs for content creators to generate videos in the exact milieu Citizen is purporting to offer. Paying up to $USD 200 to 250 per day, the job description basically outlines a reporter’s tasks when reporting live from a scene.
You can check out a video describing the app here.
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