Digital citizen-sleuths: Social media played big role in solving Boston Marathon jihad case
Individual citizens, with their digital cameras and social media networks, played a major role in helping authorities solve the Boston Marathon jihadi case.
Call it crowdsourcing intelligence.
Photos, videos, Facebook updates, tweets, and online research and analysis provided substantial clues for police and investigators in identifying and taking down the Islamist brothers who murdered at least four and injured more than 170 on April 15.
It will be interesting to reconstruct exactly how the “army of Davids,” working independently and online, helped authorities piece together clues and provide details about the terrorists.
On April 18, the FBI demonstrated imagery of the suspects, and called upon the public to assist with the investigation.
The public responded so heavily to the FBI’s call for help, that their visits to the FBI website caused the site to crash.