Reddit’s Crowdsourced Media Is a Lot Like the Regular Kind — Good at Some Things, Not So Good At Others

By: Mathew Ingram | GigaOM

Once again, Reddit is in the news for its role in reporting the news — but this time, the site has gotten approving looks from some for banning a thread on the site that was trying to identify the shooter in the attacks at Washington’s Navy Yard, the same kind of crowd-powered detective work that got the community in hot water during the bombings in Boston. Meanwhile, mainstream news sources like NBC and CBS tripped up while trying to do the same, and wound up identifying the wrong person as the shooter.


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