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Reddit and 4chan Working to ID Boston Bomber Using Available Photos

by Michael Zhang, Peta Pixel:

We reported yesterday that the FBI has issued an open call for photographs and videos that may help provide clues in the Boston Marathon bombing case. Since that time, investigators have begun circulating photos of two “possible suspects” spotted in images of the scene, suggesting that analyzing crowdsourced images has indeed been useful in this case.

It’s not just government law enforcement that is attempting to use public photographs to identify the attacker, though: the large online communities Reddit and 4chan have also begun carrying out their own crowdsourced photo analysis.

Over on Reddit, members have set up a new subreddit titled “/r/findbostonbombers” to collect and closely examine publicly available photographs. 4chan users have also uploaded photos showing their investigative work to an Imgur gallery titled “4chan ThinkTank”.

Here are a selection of the “investigation” photos that have been circulating (we’ve blurred faces to protect privacy):

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