Essential Links: When Reporting Goes Wrong

on Friday, Apr. 19th

You may have read something online that didn’t quite make sense, or are hearing information that conflicts with earlier reports regarding the identities of the Boston bombers.

Here are some essential links which will help explain what the misinformation is and how it spread:

The Atlantic– It Wasn’t Sunil Tripathi: The Anatomy of a Misinformation Disaster

SF Gate– How two innocent men were tried on Twitter

The Daily Dot– Sunil Tripathi is innocent, still missing

And just for “fun” here’s how this could lead to more restricted access to information on the Internet:

Salon– Bush aide leverages Boston explosion to boost Big Brother

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