Social media has its benefits, but sometimes it can get out of control-especially when amateurs start behaving like sleuths that they are not.
The incident is maddening enough we do not need to add to it with a bunch of social detectives adding to it.
Within hours, and indeed in some instances minutes, theories and possibilities start flying online, especially on Reddit. But they were thankfully quickly thwarted by Reddit moderators before it went too far.
For indeed, these scenarios in the past have gone out of control, especially in the case of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year. Over enthusiastic Redditors went on what can only be called an online witch hunt that resulted in not only some people being falsely identified as the bomber but claiming the life of one as well! Yes, a student. One such identification claimed the life of Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old Brown University student. Reddit issued an apology, but there is no dampening the enthusiasm of online detectives who find the ease and excitement of gathering information and online evidence too irresistible.
Social media is so much a part life nowadays that a large number of people rely on it totally in terms of staying connected with friends and relatives, shopping, getting news and finding solutions to their problems-unfortunately in recent times, that has included getting detective work done as well.
But unfortunately even at the best of times online sometimes become difficult to be filtered from rumors and even false information.
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Most of all, in the day and age of social media and online information gathering, the rules and ethics of journalism as well as investigations have gone flying out of the window!
In that regard, the suspending of the thread on Reddit is not only a welcoming, but a commendable step by Reddit moderators.