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On April 15, 2013 there was a tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. Almost instantly pictures and videos of "suspects" started to appear on the web. Was this a good thing? Do you have concerns?
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Can be helpful but also detrimental
Apr 29, 2013 Allison R4
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As we saw with the Boston bombings, social media can be helpful in identifying perpetrators of crimes. However, this comes with a strong warning that people can jump to conclusions and misidentify people as criminals. An example of this was the "man on the roof" who people assumed was linked to the crime. However, in the end he was not connected to the bombings. Overall, it did lead to the identification of the people responsible for the crime, but not without several innocent people being identified as potential suspects. I think that videos and photos of such tragic events should definitely be sent to the police to help them organize the details of the events in a 360 degree fashion.

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