Reddit apologizes for 'online witch hunt' for Boston bombing suspect

Last week showed the 'best and worst' of the site's potential, general manager Erik Martin says

By Zach Miners, IDG News Service |  Internet

The site's users also organized pizza deliveries to area police and hospitals and even arranged housing and transportation for people visiting Boston who were stranded there because of the bombing, Martin wrote. Traffic on Reddit peaked with 272,000 users on the site when the second suspect was captured last Friday.

"Primarily, Reddit served as a great clearinghouse for information," he wrote. However, "After this week, which showed the best and worst of Reddit's potential, we hope that Boston will also be where Reddit learns to be sensitive of its own power."

Reddit got its start in Medford, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, according to Martin.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

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