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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?
It was a massive fail
Apr 28, 2013 Tom M36

The amount of data generated was colossal but the only people who had considerable and consistent resources to devote to filtering and processing it were the relevant law enforcement agencies. In addition they are trained to cross check and verify because misplaced allocation of resources - going after the wrong villains - can lead to the bad guys getting away and law suits for unlawful arrest and other possible violations.
It was childish and grossly responsible for citizens involved to do anything beyond handing over any information they had to the appropriate authorities. Publicly speculating on possible suspects is nothing but a 21st Century witch hunt.

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