In my politics class we learn about the time Reddit falsely accused a man of terrorism


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In my politics class we learn about the time Reddit falsely accused a man of terrorism



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  1. This (the falsely accused guy) was actually a friend of a friend. They were very close. It was horrifying watching from afar (we were internet friends) as she first said he was missing, then told everyone about the false rumors on Reddit, and then found out he was dead. I get the instinct to try to “help” when things like this are happening, but I wish people realized the possible repercussions of their actions and were a little more careful. They made an already traumatic experience for his friends and family absolutely terrifying on top of it all.

  2. I don’t know what they mean by “mainstream media journalists began to take up the story,” but I think that part defends reddit a little bit. If any legitimate journalist picked it up, that was incredibly irresponsible of them.

    Also, it’s interesting to think about what it would be like if that user had been right. I wonder what the textbook would have to say about it then (would it even be mentioned?). Our actions still would have been wrong, but would we have recognized that?

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