Who is Responsible When Crowdsource Becomes Murder?

Question : Who is accountable or responsible when a false accusation or false report results in the death of a person?

Brown University student Sunil Tripathi was wrongly tied to the Boston Marathon bombing.   The result (may have been) his death.  There are indications that he may have died before the bombing.  The questions still remain. 

Reddit General Manager Erik Martin wrote:

though started with noble intentions, some of the activity on reddit fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation which spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties. The reddit staff and the millions of people on reddit around the world deeply regret that this happened. We have apologized privately to the family of missing college student Sunil Triphathi, as have various users and moderators. We want to take this opportunity to apologize publicly for the pain they have had to endure. We hope that this painful event will be channeled into something positive and the increased awareness will lead to Sunil’s quick and safe return home. We encourage everyone to join and show your support to the Triphathi family and their search.

One Reply to “Who is Responsible When Crowdsource Becomes Murder?”

  1. The real problem isn’t the medium used it is the lack of love. If we love one another we wouldn’t judge them to begin with. People that incite other people to throw the first stone are making judgments as if they are G~D. If we are all children of the same Father, why do we want to push our brothers and sisters down and feel we know the hearts of all humanity? Is this a feeling of empowerment or is it a feeling of “look at me” I am better than the other person. Judgments are usually based on self interests and not on the Father’s will. If the intent wasn’t bad but it got twisted by the crowd; then we have to wonder how our intent got highjacked. This has been referred to as SPIN in the media and I think that “spin” has the same potential within any media (formal or informal) used by the masses. So; the only way forward is keep love in our hearts first and foremost and then our actions will be in line with our Father.


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