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Sunday
Mar072010

Most terrifying application of crowdsourcing ever

The term alone is mildly disturbing - "human flesh search" - and its application - vigilatism translated from the online to real-life worlds is terrifying. Simulatenously, it may be one of the more impressive examples of crowdsourcing around. Human flesh searches in China have tracked down individuals accused of wrongs ranging from stomping a kitty to death to instigating the suicide of a young woman based solely on images and videos uploaded to the internet. Intensively active chat room users put together the pieces to identify the wanted individuals' identities and place their personal details online for the community to enact its retribution.

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