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New York Times: is Reddit to blame for Boston Bombing witch-hunt?

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The echo chamber of the internet — and the inherent danger of misinformation that goes with it — made itself known in a powerful way in the moments and days following the Boston Marathon bombing this past April. As with any major news event since the rise of social media, inaccurate reports were everywhere, but this time a Reddit post that spread across the internet convinced thousands that a missing student named Sunil Tripathi was suspect number two. The whole episode, which has been pulled apart step-by-step in a new report from The New York Times, makes us question the utility of crowdsourced data like that found on Reddit. However, the real blame may lie with with the journalists who elevated the rumor from the depths of a subreddit via not-so-innocent retweets.