Early Sunday morning, the Dallas Police Department's Twitter account tweeted for followers to download its iWatch Dallas app and share videos "of illegal activity from the protests." The police are looking to arrest lawbreakers at weekend demonstrations decrying police violence against black people. The benefit of the app, according to the tweet, was the ability for informants to stay anonymous.
Within hours, people began retweeting the message and adding a request to send in "fancams," a term used to describe video edits made by zealous fans, aka "stans," that are focused on one band member during a group show — a popular trend among K-pop fans. Their aim was to flood the app with nonsense in order to distract the police from arresting anyone at a Black Lives Matter protest.
CALLING STAN TWITTER??????— ????? ???? (@kira_is_trash) May 31, 2020
POST YOUR FANCAMS AND EDITS HERE https://t.co/d7XZTSgc9x
Soon music stans began flooding the app with fancams and bad reviews, like "THIS APP GAVE ME A VIRUS!!!!!" or "Terrible cop app." As of late Sunday night, it had 516 reviews and an average score of 1.1 stars out of 5. DPD soon tweeted that the app was "down temporarily."
One K-pop fan, who wished to remain anonymous, wrote via Twitter DM, "Stan Twitter got together and sent in multiple fancam of KPop stars, memes and anime vids as well as left bad reviews on the App Store."
Late Sunday night, one user tweeted that everyone should delete the app because it's allowed to obtain users' personal information. But others argued it was "well worth it."
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it was well worth it pic.twitter.com/x7PRUJOYBj— ????????????????²? #BLM (@seonghwacheeks) June 1, 2020
K-pop fans originated the fancam tweet, and they often use it to distract users from a controversial tweet or move away from a tweet's original purpose, which only made the fancams ever more suited to distract police officers from any videos of illegal activities from BLM protesters.
DPD and Zeteky did not respond to our emails as of press time.