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Internet vigilantism and bad journalism in the wake of the Boston bombing


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The internet vigilantism and bad journalism in the wake of the Boston Marathon tradgedy is sickening! A high school student now fears for his life after being wrongfully labelled as a suspect for the Boston bombing by the New York Post and users on both Reddit and 4chan.

 

"A teenager says he is scared to go outside after he was portrayed on the internet and on the front page of the New York Post as connected to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings. Photos of Salah Eddin Barhoum, 17, and friend Yassine Zaime were posted on websites whose users have been scouring marathon-finish-line photos for suspects."

 

Read the story: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/04/201341975840872269.html

 

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Read more about the online witch hunt for Boston bomber: http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/18/4238768/online-witch-hunt-for-boston-bomber-leads-to-ny-post-cover-photo-mess

The Atlantic has a good post about the dangers of vigilantism: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/hey-reddit-enough-boston-bombing-vigilantism/275062/

Photo album of 4chan's and Reddit's amateur detective work: http://imgur.com/a/sUrnA

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