Apple has removed controversial crime reporting app called Vigilante from the App Store
The Vigilante app then sends alerts to the smartphones of people near where the crimes have been reported, but Apple says it could encourage risk or physical harm by people misusing/misreporting crimes or taking crime-solving duties into their own hands.
CEO Andrew Frame told Gizmodo that his app uses a “combination of technology and people, police scanners and network of antennas.”
The app’s creators released a statement on their website saying the app was no longer available. “We are working with Apple to resolve their concerns,” the company said in a statement. “Vigilante will introduce an Android version of the app in the upcoming weeks with plans to expand in additional cities later this year.”In the meantime, the Vigilante app will continue to operate for those who already have it.
The company added: “The lens of the camera is incapable of lying. When we are able to look at a situation from multiple angles, the truth emerges. Transparency is the single most powerful tool in the fight against crime and injustice, and we believe it will rebuild cooperation towards a shared vision. Cooperation, in turn, will lead to safer communities, better cities, and a stronger nation.”
On the map, users can see reports of crimes. Though the creators of the app have stressed the app is meant to help people avoid crimes, there’s a risk that users will try to investigate crimes themselves.