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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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Could be Helpful if Better Moderated
Apr 27, 2013 Karmyn G
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I watched this all unfold on Reddit and Twitter (as an observer, not a participant) on the night of April 18th. Poring through pictures and later listening to the increasingly wild story unfold on the Boston police scanner kind of blew my mind. Though exciting, it was truly unfortunate that innocent names and faces were dragged into it.

This will absolutely happen again, no real way around it. But I think that sites like Reddit will better moderate next time. Some thoughts about how to better use the crowd better:

-When everyone on Reddit was looking at pictures that night, I saw someone suggest that the crowd should try to help out by identifying innocent people, not guilty people. That is, they would help FBI narrow down suspects by eliminating the people who were seen in photos wearing backpacks before AND after the bomb.
-A few years ago,Mechanical Turk users searched for an aviator lost in the desert by combing through thousands of images for the downed plane.

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