Student Falsely Accused by Reddit for Boston Bombings Commits Suicide
A 21st century Salem-esque witchhunt for any and all brown people in which the accusers don’t even have to come out from behind their laptops to reveal their true identities? What could go wrong?
Police had earlier reportedly told local media it was “very, very possible” the body is that of missing student Sunil Tripathi, the young man misidentified on social media as a suspect in the Boston bombing case.
Rhode Island State Health Department confirmed today that the body was that of the missing Brown University student. The medical examiner reportedly used dental records to identify Mr Tripathi.
A cause of death is still be determined but the medical examiner said no foul play was suspected.
Congratulations, internet hivemind! It looks like you may have killed a 22-year-old. Or at the very least, you’ve accused a young man with a history of depression of terrorism after he had already killed himself.
Now how to punish those who set these events in motion? Who is accountable? Individual Redditors? Reddit’s upper brass? The New York Post for the print equivalent of this insanity?
(via The Independent)