The Dallas Police Department’s mobile app iWatch Dallas crashed due to a flood of video submissions from K-pop fans as a way to protect the identities of the Black Lives Matter protesters.
The online protest began after Twitter user @7soulsmap shared a screenshot
of the Dallas PD post asking its citizens to send “video of illegal activity” from the Black Lives Matter protest on Sunday, according to Buzzfeed News
However, instead of sending videos of illegal activities to the police, many people sent videos and pictures of K-pop artists.
“I feel like many people share the same sentiments in regards to how they view excessive use of force by law enforcement with protesters and how the general trust in them from the public has withered,” the Twitter user, who declined to be identified by name, told Buzzfeed News. “Black Lives Matter PERIOD.”
Twitter users shared screenshots of the videos, known as fan cams, as they were about to be sent through the app.
Hours after making the post, the Dallas PD announced that the app crashed due to “technical difficulties.”
“I’m happy to see how many people are willing to help the protesters keep their identities hidden and stay safe,” @7soulsmap said.
Crashing the iWatch Dallas app was not the only plan they had in mind, as people also gave the app one-star reviews on the Apple iOS app store.
On Monday, the Dallas PD acknowledged a “temporary interruption in service with its iWatchDallas app,”
adding that they were trying to determine the cause, Dallas News
In a follow-up statement, the police department said the app was back and in operation again.
have broken out in several cities across the U.S. following the murder
of George Floyd
as the Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets. It reignited several past cases of murder, specifically for Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery
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