— Nicole A Johnson (@NicoleVNL) August 20, 2015
The department said “they could use Periscope as a tool to build trust,” according to a report from wday.com.
“But the use of the app Periscope and similar smartphone tools has many asking if they’re an effective way to raise awareness about public safety — or simply a device for public shaming,” NBC News reports.
Gizmodo called the experiment “an embarrassing failure,” continuing:
“Fargo police clearly have no idea what they’re doing, but insist their social media experiment is a worthy one.”
A Fargo Police officer said they were “making sure it does not reveal drivers identities” when they used Periscope, according to kfgo.com.
Officer Jessica Schindeldecker told a news station “that it’s just another way for the department to connect with the community and increase transparency,” according to a post at officer.com.
Valley News Live has a video report:
Other police departments are using Periscope in an attempt to show all sides of police encounters,” according to a report from rt.com, adding that recently: “a St. Louis County lieutenant colonel used the app to tape protests in Ferguson, Missouri.”