The Boston Marathon bombing is easily the most crowdsourced terror investigation in American history, with the FBI soliciting videos, cellphone pictures, and anything that could lead to the capture of whoever set off those pressure cooker bombs.
|Scooped by Genevieve Valle|
Federal law enforcement is crowdsourcing in an attempt to identify a suspect in the Boston bomber case. Interestingly, social media websites like Reddit and 4Chan are answering that call with a number of theories about suspects in the recent tragedy. (Check this out: http://imgur.com/a/sUrnA) On one hand, I am intrigued by the interesting and fascinating interplay of social media and the legal system. I think an example like this says so much about how social media has changed both the speed and ease of how we get our information. (But could it also shed light on the evergrowing problem of misinformation on the Internet?) On the other hand, I am skeptical as to the soundness of internet investigations carried out by laypersons and what that could potentially mean for an innocent person singled out in a viral Internet posting. In the end, it seems that the input of the masses will at least speed up the process and encourage law enforcement to focus it's investigation even further to identify a suspect(s). Here's hoping that's the case!