Citizen app wrongful manhunt

May 2021

Controversial crime-watching app Citizen has been forced to apologise after it had wrongly named and posted an image of an innocent man as an arson suspect on its new OnAir service.

Citizen had offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to the man's arrest. Citizen features maps of incidents pulled from 911 calls using AI and human verification.

Formerly known as Vigilante, it had been banned from Apple’s App Store for encouraging or risking physical harm.