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wrong reddit suspect in boston bombing found dead
Superform
Netherlands
7716 posts
s*** just got real - not sure if you remember but a guy called Sunil Tripathi was called out by Reddit super sleuths AKA f***wit lynch squad as the initial Boston bomber.. well he turned up dead.. but its ok.. reddit apologised

Reddit apologized for the 'dangerous speculation' on the site that pointed fingers at the student. A body pulled from the water off Indian Point Park in Rhode Island has been identified as the Brown University student mistakenly linked by amateur sleuths on a social media site to the Boston bombings.


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/04/25/boston-bombing-social-media-student-brown-university-reddit/2112309/
05:11am 26/04/13 Permalink
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Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
7851 posts
Article says he wasn't seen since March, so presumably he's been dead long before the Boston bombings?
06:31am 26/04/13 Permalink
Reverend Evil™
Wynnum, Queensland
21334 posts
Be funny if a vigilante group saw his picture posted so they decided to dispatch their own justice only to find a few days later the FBI release pictures of the real suspects.
07:54am 26/04/13 Permalink
cJay
Brisbane, Queensland
1342 posts
Yeah real funny for him.
09:33am 26/04/13 Permalink
maRtz
Brisbane, Queensland
3919 posts
typical american f****, bet they feel awesome now, especially those who killed him..
09:49am 26/04/13 Permalink
deadlyf
Queensland
3045 posts
Seems like any chance of this being linked is pretty dubious. He was missing a month before the bombings and had to be identified via dental records so he has probably been dead a while.
but its ok.. reddit apologised
I think it's pretty surprising that they apologised since it gives the impression that they have a measure of control over the situation. Facebook and Twitter have never apologised for anything that has been done through their sites and because of that people know to lay the blame on the users rather than the host.

Even if he is just apologising on behalf of the Reddit community it'd still be like Australia apologising for Clive Palmer or QGL for Faceman.
10:13am 26/04/13 Permalink
Zakson
Gold Coast, Queensland
424 posts
It was not immediately clear when Tripathi, who was last seen March 15, died. The cause of death has also not been determined.

I like how we all learned from this immediately not to jump to conclusions, no matter how likely something seemed ... and then concluded that it was everyone on Reddit's fault and he was killed by people taking the law into their own hands.

10:13am 26/04/13 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
11104 posts
Reddit apologised to take credit for this and get their name in the media. It was 4chan who did the real work.
10:20am 26/04/13 Permalink
WirlWind
Central Coast, New South Wales
710 posts
Yeah, given the date he's been missing and the fact they needed dental records makes me think this was probably just a coinky-dink.

Either that, or the government did it.
11:18am 26/04/13 Permalink
parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
7553 posts
So was he named on reddit/4chan because he was suspiciously "missing" in the days/weeks prior to the bombing? (i.e. up to no good)
a guy called Sunil Tripathi was called out by Reddit super sleuths AKA f***wit lynch squad as the initial Boston bomber.. well he turned up dead..

Given the way you try to link loosely related events for maximum outrage, are you a newsdotcomdotau editor?
12:27pm 26/04/13 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
6509 posts
So was he named on reddit/4chan because he was suspiciously "missing" in the days/weeks prior to the bombing? (i.e. up to no good)Given the way you try to link loosely related events for maximum outrage, are you a newsdotcomdotau editor?

Nope he's just a regular guy! It's amazing that you can barely tell the difference, i'm staring between his writing and news.com.au and wondering why he isn't being paid millions.

Truthfully though, because he's not an editor there's zero reason he can't ask a hyperbolic question phrased as a statement. Is there a link? Does it matter? If he was in the water for that many weeks i think he'd be pretty hard to recognize but my google skills suggest that it takes 3-5 weeks for a body to really decompose beyond recognition in 20c water, not just a few days.

Of course there's a billion other things that cause it to go fast and slow, like temp/salt/bacteria in the water/sun/shade/etc.

So more speculation!
02:52pm 26/04/13 Permalink
do0b
Brisbane, Queensland
4509 posts
03:00pm 26/04/13 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13821 posts
I think it's pretty surprising that they apologised since it gives the impression that they have a measure of control over the situation. Facebook and Twitter have never apologised for anything that has been done through their sites and because of that people know to lay the blame on the users rather than the host.

Pretty sure it was a subreddit mod (ie a system user) who apologised, not reddit admins / owners.
03:47pm 26/04/13 Permalink
Tiny
Brisbane, Queensland
3371 posts
Why does reddit give off this overwhelming sense of smug satisfaction? Everyone seems to be involved in this big circle jerk or something?
03:48pm 26/04/13 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13822 posts
Why does reddit give off this overwhelming sense of smug satisfaction? Everyone seems to be involved in this big circle jerk or something?

Because reddit really is a giant circle jerk
04:21pm 26/04/13 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
22620 posts
Well he had a terroristy sounding name so maybe it is a good thing he is dead just in case he did become a terrorist.
04:42pm 26/04/13 Permalink
Superform
Netherlands
7717 posts
24 hours in water and you become unrecognisable
09:29pm 26/04/13 Permalink
koopz
Brisbane, Queensland
10005 posts
Because reddit really is a giant circle jerk



nah - they self proclaim themselves as the 'front page of the internet' knowing that the real juicy stuff comes in the following pages/links/comments/any content really


we do that bit. we do it well
12:52am 27/04/13 Permalink
carson
Gippsland, Victoria
1843 posts
Because reddit really is a giant circle jerk

It's true. They love their witch hunts too.
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