In some ways, Reddit is well-suited to the search for the Boston bomber. The site has a proven ability to crowdsource digital clues, and its built-in voting system allows users to bump up the comments they deem most helpful. On a subreddit called the “Reddit Bureau of Investigation,” there’s a group that’s always at the ready “to use the power of Reddit to solve crimes/mysteries and catch criminals.” According to the page’s info box, “Witch-hunts and the posting of personal information are forbidden. The motto not your personal army applies.” In addition to the search for the Boston bomber, the RBI page now lists investigations of a missing girl in Utah, a lost memory card full of personal photos, and “organized pitbull fights in Macedonia.”
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