Video Snack: Reddit’s Crowdsourced Boston Bombing Investigation
SMI’s favourite video of the day comes from ReutersTV.
Social media editor Anthony de Rosa takes a look at the raw, real-time crowdsourced investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. The online crowd is taking information about bomb parts that have been released by the police and FBI then, using Reddit forums, are collaborating to piece together a profile of who the bomber could be. It’s a completely unauthorised investigation and harks back to the the 2004 Dan Rather debacle when bloggers combined resources to tear down the authenticity of documents being used in a 60 Minutes profile of George W. Bush.
So is this constructive citizen journalism or a Reddit lynch mob in the making?