The address of Billie Eilish’s family home was revealed via a push notification to users of the Citizen crime reporting app, VICE reports(Opens in a new window).
An app that has reportedly been used by over 10 million(Opens in a new window) people last year sent out a pre-notification informing users that police were responding to a 911 call in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on the night of January 5.
Then, at 9:41 p.m., there was an update that revealed that the house belonged to pop star Billie Eilish. This notification, VICE reports, was sent to 178,000 people and viewed by 78,000 of them.
Police immediately arrested a man who broke into a home 15 minutes after receiving a call from a housekeeper who was not on the property but had been alerted to the break-in by a camera system, KTLA reports(Opens in a new window).
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is currently investigating whether the suspect stole anything. KTLA said the suspect battled with law enforcement before being apprehended.
On Friday morning, Citizen reportedly updated the app’s description of the incident to include the name of the intersection instead of the exact address.
Citizen gained notoriety for its focus on getting users to record and film crime and police activities in their vicinity: When it first appeared as Vigilante in 2016, Apple removed the platform from its app store for security reasons, so so it was forced to change its name to Citizen.
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In April 2021, Citizen CEO Andrew Frame was openly encouraging(Opens in a new window) users to hunt and find the suspected fire arsonist. The app offered a $30,000 bounty for any user who managed to find the man, but it was later revealed that he was not responsible for the arson.
Citizen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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