Citizen, the app dedicated to providing users with notifications about emergencies and crime scenes in their area, pays people for a live broadcast of crime scenes and emergencies. The company pays field team members via online job listings, offering applicants $200 to $250 a day if they can track and broadcast events in their local area.
These events can range from a child reported missing to a house fire and anything else, as members are expected to interview witnesses and police officials. Depending on the app, you need to be very fast in terms of live broadcasting during moments that provide value to users and support the mission of the app, as well as being able to select and integrate interviews that contribute to the live broadcast.
The job listings were first spotted by the New York Post. But reports of Citizen's paid channels have been circulating for a while. The Daily Dot reported in June that a man named Landon was repeatedly seen broadcasting live from crime scenes in Los Angeles.
The citizen confirmed that Landon is a member of its paid field team. As a company spokesperson said: Citizen has teams in some cities where the app is available to demonstrate how the platform works and model responsible broadcasting practices in situations where events unfold in real-time.
Citizen has about a dozen field team members, whose whereabouts are unclear. But job listings mention working in Los Angeles (10-hour shifts for $250 a day) and New York City (8-hour shifts for $200 a day).
The company said that content generated by these individuals makes up less than 1 percent of content via Citizen.
Citizen, originally launched in 2016 as Vigilante, describes itself as a personal safety net. It generates location-based alerts for users by scanning police communications and compiling user reports. It tells users not to approach a crime scene, interfere in an incident, or obstruct the police.
The company has been repeatedly criticized for encouraging mass justice. Citizen's CEO in May this year offered a $30,000 reward to users if they could find a man accused of starting a wildfire.
The man's name and photo were shared in an official live broadcast via the app. Viewers were encouraged to track him down and bring him to justice. But the person was wrongly accused and was later acquitted by the police. The company appears determined to be more than a passive bystander or information source. In May, Citizen was testing its own security force and publish
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The company said this was part of a 30-day beta program that has since ended and it has no plans to launch it.
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