Digital vigilantism refers to “an emerging practice whereby citizen’s use of ubiquitous and domesticated technologies enable a parallel form of criminal justice.” Digital vigilantism is characterized by “a sense of moral outrage” and “a general sense of offence taking” (Trottier, D. (2016). Digital Vigilantism as Weaponisation of Visibility).
Vigilantism is something that people have done all throughout history, fighting crime with their own beliefs on what is wrong and right. However, the information technology of contemporary globalization has brought about new dimensions. Digital vigilantism relates to a public that unites on virtual networks and puts in a joined effort, or crowdsources, in order to find justice.