Photos From Boston Bombings Cause Online Search of Suspects
After the initial shock of Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon social media on the internet ran non-stop to try to help find the suspects responsible. The only problem, they pointed to the wrong people. Redditors have been crowd-sourcing and deconstructing photos that the FBI has released and cross referencing them to photos found on social media sites.
One of the photos found its way onto the cover of The New York Post, which shows two men that were believed to be connected with the bombings. In reality the two men turned out to be a local high school athletic coach and one of his students that were innocently watching the race. I have seen countless memes and flyers posted on Facebook (example above) with photos of different people pin-pointing them as a suspect.
Anthony De Rosa reported, the crowdsourced detective work should have been treated with a grain of salt. “Since this work is being done over the internet, it’s not being done in a professional capacity,” said De Rosa. “There is potential for people photoshopping these images, there is potential for people having a cause, or an activist trying to push the investigation in a certain direction, whether its domestic or foreign. It’s being done messy and in real time, and done by amateurs, so its interesting to look at, but you have to keep those things in mind, when you’re looking at what conclusions they are coming to.” – The Verge.com
With photo and video technology readily available to the immediate and general public do you think this will help law enforcement or hinder them in their investigation of these horrific attacks with people trying to take the investigation into their own hands?