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Is Vigilantism Ever Permissible?
Vigilantism does not have to act
outside the law
Vigilante groups may sometimes operate in tandem with or at the behest of the state.
DoNotPay, an app serving vigilante justice,
helps get refunds for late packages, parking tickets and bank fees
, just by assisting with paperwork.
often work with law enforcers and pose as children to snare potential child abusers. They work within the law, gather evidence that will stand up in court and hand it over to police who must then decide whether to pursue a prosecution.
Vigilantism does not have to be a violent process.
are a form of legally permissible
Online social vigilantism can involve
highlighting wrongdoings via screenshots and online videos and spreading it online to spread awareness
, which is within the rule of law.
as when a person or group of people take the law into their own hands. This can be interpreted as not adhering to authorities or public law.