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Reddit apologizes for 'online witch hunt' for Boston bombing suspect

Zach Miners | April 23, 2013
In a testament to the issues surrounding the appropriate use of social media during a tragedy, Reddit is publicly apologizing for the role that it played last week in fueling an online witch hunt that led to identifying an innocent Brown University student as a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

"Primarily, Reddit served as a great clearinghouse for information," he wrote. However, "After this week, which showed the best and worst of Reddit's potential, we hope that Boston will also be where Reddit learns to be sensitive of its own power."

Reddit got its start in Medford, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, according to Martin.

 

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