A Week of Brouhahas in (Social) Media

Reddit Apologizes for Boston Bombing Misinformations
Asks redditors to be ‘sensitive of its own power’

Dashburst-dislike-button-stop-sign-300x225‘Reddit General Manager Erik Martin has apologized for the Reddit community’s reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings, after amateur investigators frustrated the public and law enforcement with a flood of misinformation about the perpetrators of the attacks.

‘”Though started with noble intentions,” Martin writes, “some of the activity on Reddit fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation which spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties.” In particular, Martin calls out Sunil Triphathi, who was pegged as a suspect by amateur online detectives on 4chan and Reddit — information that spread quickly online. “We have apologized privately to the family of missing college student Sunil Triphathi, as have various users and moderators,” Martin writes. “We want to take this opportunity to apologize publicly for the pain they have had to endure.”…’

Reuters Fires Its Already Indicted Social Media Editor
‘Thomson Reuters could handle its deputy social media editor, Matthew Keys, being indicted on federal hacking charges. But after a week in which he was harshly criticized for inaccurate tweets to his 35,000-plus followers about the Boston Marathon attacks — and in which he had a public spat with his boss — Keys finds himself out of a job.

‘The indictment against Keys, which came out in mid-March, alleged that he’d helped the hacking group Anonymous illegally access media websites while employed by a TV station in California. Those charges, which could result in up to 25 years in prison, prompted Reuters to put him on paid leave while the issue was resolved. That leave ended today…’

Fighting with your boss is never wise so I’d rather be in this next fired journo’s position
TV Anchor Fired in His First Day for Profanity (he should be an activist instead)

‘A.J. Clemente was making his debut as weekend anchor for KFYR in Bismarck, N.D.

‘Just before his co-anchor made the big introduction and obviously unaware that he was live, he let a series of bad words fly, apparently because he was not succeeding at pronouncing the name of the London Marathon winner, Tsegaye Kebede. Here’s the video, which we have started after the profanities. If you want to listen, rewind to the beginning:…’

More Unanswered Questions About The Boston Bombing The Media Isn’t Asking

Why was a bomb drill being held on the day of the attack?
Why have authorities denied that a bomb drill was taking place?
What was the nature of their previous contacts with the FBI and other federal agencies? Why did the FBI at first deny that they had been in contact with the Tsarnaev brothers previously? Why was the investigation of a mysterious Saudi national with familial links to al-Qaeda suddenly dropped shortly after the Saudi ambassador held an unscheduled meeting with Barack Obama?
Why did Michelle Obama subsequently visit that mysterious Saudi national in the hospital?
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