Reddit Apologizes For Boston Bomber 'Witch Hunt'
Online sleuthing 'spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties'
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2013 3:27 PM CDT
   (Reddit.com)

(Newser) – In a rare act of contrition for the actions of its users, social news site Reddit has apologized for its role in the "online witch hunt" that took place in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, CNET reports. "Though started with noble intentions, some of the activity on reddit fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation which spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties," General Manager Erik Martin wrote in a blog post. "The reddit staff and the millions of people on reddit around the world deeply regret that this happened."

Martin apologized specifically for users falsely identifying missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi as a suspect in the attack, and said Reddit has apologized privately to Tripathi's family. Law enforcement officials say they originally released photos of bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to the public partly to limit the damage done by wannabe sleuths on Reddit and other social media sites, the Washington Post reports.

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1freeusa
Apr 25, 2013 8:21 PM CDT
if you adhere to or support islam, you are not innocent. you are a homicide loving lunatic. thats just a opinion based on past actions created by islamic lunatics.
Humanitys_Children
Apr 25, 2013 6:22 PM CDT
Can we really blame the media? Yes, in part. But the fault lies more with US as a society. We create the mob mentality of wanting OUR versions of justice. After 9/11 we called anybody of middle east an arab - indians, and any dark skinned person with an accent. So many want to take matters into their own hands. We are not the police. and even though they often fail in their jobs, we still have to push the system to at least try to do its jobs and do it ourselves. Its may be possible to avoid such a tragedy such as this.
Sparrow
Apr 23, 2013 1:34 AM CDT
Morons.