This is all going to sound a bit cyberpunk dystopia, but there’s now a social media company that allows businesses—and potentially law enforcement services—to incentivize crowd control during riots.
Tiltor is designed to “break up riots from within,” by rewarding those who discourage violent behaviour from inside the crowd itself.
Businesses or police can hire Tiltor to send a message to all the smartphones in a designated area, offering a reward to anyone who attempts to disperse the crowd from within. If the riot ends soon after, everyone who signed up to Tiltor gets a share of the total reward money.
“With everyone in and around a rioting area now incentivized for it to end,” explains Tiltor’s website, “the riot is undermined from within and the tide turns in the authorities’ favor.”