However, though started with noble intentions, some of the activity on reddit fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation which spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties. 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. We want to take this opportunity to apologize publicly for the pain they have had to endure. We hope that this painful event will be channeled into something positive and the increased awareness will lead to Sunil’s quick and safe return home. We encourage everyone to join and show your support to the Tripathi family and their search.
A very informative post over at Reddit’s official blog regarding the events that occurred and the role Reddit played in providing the latest information, some of it extremely regrettable.
It’s definitely encouraging to see Reddit apologise on behalf of its users for its part in some of the erroneous reporting last week but it continues to show that the more up to date the news is, the less likely it is to be confirmed.
During any major news event, take near-instant news updates with a huge bolder-sized grain of salt. Experiences can be exaggerated due to adrenaline and some information can be second-hand and, until corroborated, can’t be confirmed as true or not.