Authorities monitoring social network, photo sites for blast media: Law enforcement officials are monitoring dozens of social media websites — particularly websites that host photos, videos and other multimedia — as authorities continue to investigate what happened when two bombs detonated at the Boston Marathon on Monday and who is responsible.
A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told me authorities are specifically looking at multimedia- and community-driven web services for photos and video. The source said those sites include Reddit, 4chan, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and Imgur.
Authorities have made several pleas with the public to come forward with photos and video taken at the Boston Marathon since Monday when two blasts killed three people and injured well over 100. Thousands of tips have come in and it’s been reported that authorities have pored over ten terabytes of digital data related to the blasts.
While it’s not groundbreaking — and perhaps, expected — that law enforcement would monitor social websites for information, authorities believe some individuals may feel uncomfortable coming forward with media from the event. A source says a digital task force is combing over websites where photos and video of the marathon are being hosted.
On Tuesday, a law enforcement source told me two people were being sought in connection with the blasts in Boston. NBC News, FOX News and the Boston Globe matched that report Thursday morning, with the Boston Globe adding that photos would be released by authorities later today.
[Photo: Aaron Tang via Flickr]