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Reddit apologises for Boston witch hunts

Andrea Chang | April 23, 2013
Reddit became one of the must-reads last week for the latest news and thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombings. But it also became a place for amateur sleuths to gather and share their conspiracy theories and other ideas on who may have committed the crimes.

Last week's bombings were the first major terrorist attack on American soil in the age of Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. But the watershed moment for social media quickly spiralled out of control as legions of web sleuths cast suspicion on the innocent, shared bad tips and heightened the sense of panic and paranoia.

Boston police officials were also forced to ask overeager Twitter users to limit what they posted on the micro-blogging site, saying that overly detailed tweets could compromise officers' position and safety.

 

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