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Reddit Apologizes for 'Online Witch Hunts'

April 24, 2013

Social news website Reddit offered an apology on its website yesterday for "online witch hunts" that affected innocent parties as local and federal investigators searched last week for the actual suspects involved in the Boston Marathon bombings.

"The Reddit staff and the millions of people on Reddit around the world deeply regret that this happened. We have apologized privately to the family of missing college student Sunil Tripathi, as have various users and moderators," the company said in a blog post. "We want to take this opportunity to apologize publicly for the pain they have had to endure."

"The search for the bombers bore less resemblance to the types of vindictive Internet witch hunts our no-personal-information rule was originally written for, but the outcome was no different," Reddit officials added.

Started in Medford, Reddit is a subsidiary of Conde Nast's parent company, Advance Publications.

Source: (c)2013 the Boston Herald. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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